Date: 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2020
2020 Valdez Marine Terminal Admin Sump Incident
Please note: future updates on this incident will be posted to www.alyeskaresponds.com and at http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/ppr/spill-information/response/2020/02-vmt-sump-oily-water-spill/.
- A series of tanks catching outflow before it enters the water and skimming sheen from the flow are operating successfully. They were installed at the shore of the Valdez Marine Terminal (VMT) small boat harbor late last week.
- Crews continue excavation; they have identified segments of the underground flow path, including a pipe that is suspected of moving the sheen along with snow melt and other natural discharge to the outflow area.
- The response and recovery footprint of the primary boomed and sheen areas continue shrinking as crews continue on-water operations.
- As of 2 p.m. Monday, approximately 1,202 barrels (50,484 gallons) of water/oil mix has been collected from recovery on the water. Crews continue measuring and analyzing the composition of the collected liquids.
- Approximately 14 barrels (590 gallons) of oil has been recovered from the collected volumes metered; in addition, less than one barrel (30 gallons) of oil was recovered from land.
- Metering work continues.
- Overflights have confirmed that all sheen is within containment.
- Eight Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) continue working as part of the response; Unified Command continues gradually decommissioning those crafts and crews.
- 13 Alyeska work boats remain on scene, including landing craft, inflatables, river boats and others.
- TAPS operations are not impacted.
- Around 230 people are involved in the response, locally and around Alaska, working in accordance with state, local and Alyeska company policies/mandates in order to protect the health of the workforce and surrounding communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- For the safety of response personnel and the public, a Temporary Flight Restriction area remains in place, set at 5,000 feet elevation and one mile in radius over the VMT working area.
|Overflight April 27|