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Fact Sheet April 15

Date: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2020

2020 VMT Admin Sump Incident
Fact Sheet 

  • The spill amount remains undetermined; as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, approximately 574 barrels (24,108 gallons) of oil/water mix was recovered.
  • Extensive on-water and on-land response and recovery operations continued overnight and into Wednesday; investigation of the cause of the spill remains underway but the IMT has determined that the spill is unrelated to VMT berth loading operations.
    • 13 Vessels of Opportunity in addition to Alyeska workboats are working the response on the water, placing boom and operating skimmers to collect product, providing surveillance, swapping out boom when needed, and providing logistical support such as fuel and water.
    • The source of the spill was identified as a sump located uphill from the VMT small boat harbor.
    • On land, crews continue to manually collect oiled snow and melted ice while awaiting additional machinery to accelerate ice melting and digging around the sump area.
    • A helicopter overflight Tuesday evening noted a light sheen near Saw Island Buoy E; response teams skimmed the area and an overflight this morning confirmed there is no noticeable sheen outside boomed areas.
  • Numerous environment taskforces are either working or standing by.
  • There was one personnel injury reported during overnight work. A worker accidently struck themselves in the jaw using a tool, was seen by a medic, and released to work
  • One deceased seagull was collected in a boomed area; wildlife taskforces are on scene and continue surveying the area.
  • A Temporary Flight Restriction area has been established at 5,000 feet elevation and one mile in radius over the VMT working area.
  • Precautionary booming to protect two sensitive areas in Port Valdez ­– the nearby Solomon Gulch Hatchery and the Valdez Duck Flats – has been completed.
  • There are no current operational impacts to TAPS.
  • An oil tanker, The California, was loaded with Alaska North Slope Crude without incident and is expected to depart around 9 a.m.; crews will closely monitor and ensure a safe departure.
  • Another tanker is expected to arrive today at around 11 a.m. and will be docked and loaded at VMT’s Berth 5, the farthest operational berth from the spill area; crews will continue monitoring the area and will respond if needed.

BACKGROUND: On Sunday, April 12, at approximately 8 p.m., crews on the Valdez Marine Terminal observed a sheen on water near the VMT small boat harbor. Responders were on scene within the hour. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company stood up an Incident Management Team on Monday night in response to the ongoing investigation and management of a spill to water. On Tuesday, a Unified Command, with representatives from Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and the United States Coast Guard, was established to facilitate the ongoing response.

For information and updates on the response, visit www.alyeskaresponds.com and the ADEC site at http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/ppr/spill-information/response/2020/02-vmt-sump-oily-water-spill/.

Fact Sheet April 15, 930 a.m.

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Fact Sheet April 14

Date: 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2020

2020 VMT Admin Sump Incident
Fact Sheet April 14

  • The spill amount remains undetermined; as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, approximately 326 barrels (13,692 gallons) of oily water was recovered
  • On-water and on-land response and recovery operations continue; investigation of spill source is underway
    • Currently 12 vessels of opportunity in addition to Alyeska workboats working the response on the water, placing boom and operating skimmers, and providing surveillance
    • On land, crews have collected oiled snow and ice and are now using machinery to dig around the sump area to further investigate
    • Air operations at 10 a.m. noted that there is no noticeable sheen outside the boom areas
    • Numerous Environment Taskforces are either working or standing by
  • There has been a report of one oiled bird and wildlife task forces are on scene and continue surveying the area
  • Two sensitive areas in Port Valdez are being protected by boom as a precaution; the nearby Solomon Gulch Hatchery and the Valdez Duck Flats.
  • There are no current operational impacts to TAPS, and the IMT has determined that the spill in unrelated to berth loading operations.
  • No injuries reported
  • Responders are aware of state, local and Alyeska company policies to keep workers safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The IMT is actively enforcing those policies and mandates. Teams are taking precautions in their work to manage risks.
  • An oil tanker, The California, arrived at the VMT today; mitigations were made to ensure safe arrival and loading operations at VMT’s Berth 5, the farthest operational berth from the spill area; there was no sheen in the vicinity of Berth 5 when The California docked, and crews will continue monitoring the area and will respond if needed.
  • Unified Command is overseeing the local, state and federal emergency responders.
  • The main priorities of the response are the safety of response personnel and community, the protection of the environment, and open communication with public and stakeholders throughout the response

BACKGROUND: On Sunday, April 12, at approximately 8 p.m., crews on the Valdez Marine Terminal observed a sheen on water near the VMT small boat harbor. Responders were on scene within the hour. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company stood up an Incident Management Team on Monday night in response to the ongoing investigation and management of a spill to water. On Tuesday, a Unified Command, with representatives from Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and the United States Coast Guard, was established to facilitate the ongoing response.

For information and updates on the response, visit www.alyeskaresponds.com and the ADEC site at http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/ppr/spill-information/response/2020/02-vmt-sump-oily-water-spill/.

Fact sheet April 14, Admin Sump Incident 

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This photograph was taken at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 14 from above loading berth 4 at the Valdez Marine Terminal looking south.