Response Update April 29, 6 p.m.

Date: 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2020

2020 Valdez Marine Terminal Admin Sump Incident Update

Injuries/Incidents, previous 24 hours 0/0
Barrels of oil and water recovered, total 1,253 barrels (52,626 gal.)
Total metered oil: 

On water, On land, Total

On water: ~15 barrels (635 gal.) 

On land: Less than 1 barrel (30 gal.)

Total: ~16 barrels (665 gal.)

Spill contained by boom? Yes
Responders ~170
New wildlife impacts 0
Vessels of Opportunity 1
Numerous excavations ongoing to determine flow path

A system at the shoreline is capturing sheen from the outflow of a pipe carrying snowmelt and rainwater before it enters the Valdez Marine Terminal (VMT) small boat harbor.

On water, recovery efforts are ongoing. Non-essential Vessel of Opportunity boats and crews have been released. Participants are now down to one vessels from a high of 19 at the response’s peak. The boomed area impacted by the sheen continues decreasing; it’s less than three-quarters of its original size. The current amount of deployed boom has been reduced to 17,720 feet from its maximum deployment of more than 26,000 feet.

The source of the spill, isolated and secured on Monday, April 13, was a sump located about a quarter-mile uphill from the harbor. Excavations continue to identify the flow path, as well.

Response Update April 29, 6 p.m.