press release

Update on Arthur Kill Oil Spill Response  - 17 February 2006

PERTH AMBOY, N.J., Feb. 17, 2006 -- A Unified Incident Command (UIC) comprised of Chevron Products Co., the U.S. Coast Guard (with coordination from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), as well as state and city environmental agencies continues to respond to a crude oil spill in the Arthur Kill.

Updated information includes:

Spill Volume and Recovery

The total volume of crude oil spilled is unchanged from the prior estimate of approximately 31,000 gallons.

172,100 gallons of oil-water mixture have been recovered.

Unified Incident Command's priorities are:

Protect human health and the environment, and continue a safe, incident-free response.

Increase assessments by air and land and develop response strategies. Over-flights of the spill area have been conducted throughout the cleanup and will continue, weather permitting.

Contain and clean up impacted areas. The focus areas include Mill Creek, the Tottenville Marina and the shoreline north of Outer Bridge Crossing.

Implement vessel cleaning. To date, 10 commercial vessels on the Arthur Kill have been cleaned of oil residue and two vessels are to be cleaned.

Personnel and Equipment Deployed

More than 400 personnel from the Unified Incident Command, including contractors, are on site working to manage response efforts and contain and clean up the spill.

Approximately 12,500 feet of containment boom has been deployed.

On-water oil recovery is being conducted by five oil skimming vessels. Another 36 vessels/work boats are being used for a variety of purposes, such as deploying or maintaining containment and absorbent booms.

Responders have also deployed five vacuum trucks and other equipment for the response effort.


A dead porpoise was recovered in Mill Creek on Thursday afternoon. The cause of death is not known and is under investigation. The porpoise was transferred to Riverhead Foundation.

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, Inc., continues to patrol the spill area and has recovered one oiled Canadian goose. Individuals who observe injured or oiled wildlife should not attempt to rescue them. Doing so can be dangerous, and may cause injury to both the would-be rescuer and the wildlife. Observers should note the type of wildlife, location, and time of their observation and promptly report it by calling the following number: 732-738-2155. Trained wildlife experts will then be dispatched to recover and care for the injured wildlife.


Only one minor first-aid injury (cut finger) has occurred during the cleanup.

Incident Investigation

The cause of the spill is under investigation. Chevron is cooperating with regulatory agencies to determine the cause.

Published: February 2006