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Sitrep #1 Auke Bay Harbor Used Oil Release



Division of Spill Prevention and Response
Prevention and Emergency Response Program


Auke Bay Harbor Used Oil Spill


SPILL #: 15119905301

TIME/DATE OF DISTRIBUTION: 12:30 p.m. February 24, 2015


INCIDENT LOCATION: Statter Harbor in Auke Bay, approximately 10 miles north of downtown Juneau.

TIME/DATE OF SPILL: The spill occurred between late morning and midday on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

HOW/WHEN SPILL WAS DISCOVERED: The USCG received a report of the release at 7:30 p.m. on February 22, 2015. The USCG reported the spill to ADEC at 8:00 p.m. the same day.

TYPE/AMOUNT OF PRODUCT SPILLED: The spilled product appears to be used oil. The USCG estimates the volume spilled between 50 and 100 gallons.

CAUSE OF SPILL: The cause and source of the spill is unknown. The USCG and ADEC continue to investigate the cause and source of the spill.

SOURCE CONTROL: The oil spill appears to have been a single, discrete release that stopped prior to the arrival of the USCG and ADEC on-scene. Containment booms have been deployed around the dock to prevent further spread of the contamination.

RESPONSE ACTION: The USCG hired Southeast Alaska Lighterage (SEAL) to complete containment and cleanup of the spill on February 23. SEAL and ADEC deployed 150-feet of containment boom to contain the spread of the spill. Sheen that is present outside of the containment area is non-recoverable and will dissipate. ADEC and USCG personnel also deployed absorbent boom, absorbent pads and snare on February 23 to collect product where the tidal-current concentrated the oil along the dock. The oil is absorbed by the pads and boom and adheres to the surface of the snare. Once the boom, pad or snare is saturated with oil, it is removed from the water, taking the collected oil with it. The boom, pads, and snare are being tended and replaced as necessary today.

RESOURCES AFFECTED: The spill has impacted the waters of Statter Harbor and Auke Bay. There have been no reports of impacts to wildlife or the shoreline. Steller sea lions, harbor seals and mergansers have been noted in the area but responders have seen no evidences that any have been impacted. Biologists from the Department of Fish and Game and the National Marine Fisheries Service have visited the site during the response.

FUTURE PLANS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: The USCG contractor will continue to maintain the boom, pads and snare for the remainder of the response. The USCG and ADEC are developing plans to decontaminate vessels that were impacted by the spill.

WEATHER: Today: Mostly Cloudy with isolated showers. Highs around 43°F. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Tonight: Patchy fog with a slight chance of rain and snow showers before midnight. Low around 30°F. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow: Cloudy, chance of rain. High near 39°F. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.