Category Archives: Incident Updates

Media Release #32

April 7, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE 32: 2nd 80’s Fire Response Unified Command continues cleanup,
takes precautions with today’s thunderstorms

HOUSTON – The 2nd 80’s Fire Response Unified Command is taking precautions to maintain the safety of responders at the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) incident site and impacted waterways due to today’s inclement weather.

All boat cleanup operations on the water ended at 10 a.m. due to changing weather conditions, and tank farms operations ceased once rain began. Un-manned skimmers will remain on the water as long as safely possible. Unified Command will assess the impacts of the wind and rain early Monday morning to document any product movement and make a plan for the coming week as its operations continue.

During inclement weather all decontamination stations in the Houston Ship Channel (HSC), which inspect and clean vessels in the affected areas to reduce contamination of clean areas, will be closed. San Jacinto River will remain open around the clock with coordinated movement managed by the Vessel Traffic Service.

The upper HSC northwest of U.S. Highway 146, which includes Carpenters Bayou, Old River and Jacintoport, will be closed to outbound traffic. Inbound traffic will be limited to vessels heading to their final destinations.

Previously with high wind and weather events, foam left the immediate ITC area. If residents should come into contact with firefighting foam as a result of the weather activity today, they should contact Harris County Pollution Control Service Department at (713) 920-2831.

For more information on the cleanup effort as it becomes available, visit www.itcresponse.com or follow us on twitter at @CaresITC.


For more information contact:

Joint Information Center: 832-780-6739

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

inquiries@itcresponse.com

ITCCares@iterm.com

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Media Release #31

DATE: April 1, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE 31: 2nd 80’s Fire Response Unified Command continues cleanup,
secures the incident site tank farm

HOUSTON – Unified Command for the 2nd 80’s Fire Response reports that the tank farm containment area is stable, meaning minimal liquid level with a foam covering remain to suppress vapors. A stable site poses a low risk for re-ignition so crews can turn their attention to higher-priority areas for removing product, such as the tanks and water recovery from the Houston Ship Channel (HSC). Ultimately all product will be removed from the tank farm/incident site.


Operational Update

Unified Command conducted an overflight of the incident site this morning, April 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. to visually evaluate the progress of product recovery efforts in the HSC. To date, more than 61,000 barrels (2.5 million gallons) of oily water mix have been removed from the waterways.

As of Monday morning, 92,222 barrels (almost 4 million gallons) of product mixed with water and firefighting foam have been removed from the tank farm, which is now secure.

Saturday, crews began working on product removal from tank 80-11, but were postponed in order to stabilize the tank farm containment area with plans to resume.  Nine tanks remain secure.


Environmental & Wildlife Impact

A third containment boom is now in place to protect Santa Anna Marsh. One barrier is on the San Jacinto River as the water flows into Santa Anna Bayou and two more are at the mouth of the marsh. To view a map showing the extent and location of containment boom placement, visit: https://itcresponse.com/.

Containment boom deployed totals more than 130,000 feet in the impacted areas, which include the Battleship Texas area, the Burnett Bay oyster beds, Carpenters Bayou, Crystal Bay Marsh, Old River, Patrick Bayou, Santa Anna Bayou and marsh, the western shore of the mouth of the San Jacinto River, Tucker Bayou, and the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) docks.

Nine birds are currently at the wildlife recovery center for rehabilitation.  A second dolphin has beached on Bolivar Peninsula and is currently at the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) for rehabilitation. Late last week a deceased dolphin was found in Seabrook. TMMSN is still investigating the death and has yet to confirm the death to be linked to the incident.

The total confirmed wildlife deaths as of 3:25 p.m. Monday are 25 animals including three red-eared slider turtles, nine birds and 13 fish.


Public Health & Safety

The response team continues to see brief, periodic fluctuations in benzene readings within a two-mile radius of the immediate vicinity around ITC Deer Park incident site as it continues product removal activities. As of 12:00 p.m. Monday, no residential areas have been affected.

Governmental and ITC teams are deployed in and around Deer Park to monitor and quickly report any potential elevation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and all readings have been below any actionable levels. Crews continue to monitor air quality by land and air to report any elevated VOCs around the industrial area near the incident site.

There is low health risk for the general public, according to the Harris County Public Health Department (HCPHD). Those who live in close proximity to the chemical terminal who may have greater sensitivity to the changes in the environment related to the fire (children, elderly, or those with certain chronic health conditions or immunosuppressed) may be more susceptible.

HCPHD recommends that those who have health concerns contact their healthcare provider, or if more serious, call 911. If you do not have a healthcare provider, the Harris Health System’s “Ask My Nurse” helpline (713-634-1110) remains open to help answer heath questions. To find a healthcare provider close to you, visit: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/?display=map&zip=.


Community Impact

Residents and businesses impacted by the ITC fire may still submit claims. Forms are available for download at: www.ITCclaims.com. Once completed, forms can be emailed to Incident31719@itcclaims.com or sent by postal mail to:

ITC Claim
March 17, 2019 Incident
PO Box 698
Deer Park, Texas  77536

A claims phone hotline is also available at: 346-263-9766. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information on the cleanup effort as it becomes available, visit www.itcresponse.com or follow us on twitter at @CaresITC.

 

For information contact:

Joint Information Center: 832-780-6739
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
inquiries@itcresponse.com
ITCCares@iterm.com

 

 

 

Media Release # 30

HOUSTON – The 2nd 80’s Fire Response Unified Command conducted an overflight of the incident site today, Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 8 a.m., and reported that conditions are visually improving in the open channel.

Operational Update

A total of 61,472 barrels (more than 2.5 million) of oily water mix have been removed from the waterways.

From the tank farm, 40,805 barrels (more than 1.7 million gallons) of product mixed with water and firefighting foam have been removed from the tank farm. Yesterday, crews began working to remove product from tank 80-11, which is still in progress. Tank 80-11 contains base oil, or lube oil, which is thick and slow to pump. Once complete, crews will begin securing tanks 80-5 and 80-6.

Environmental & Wildlife Impact

Two containment boom barriers are in place to protect Santa Anna Marsh. One barrier is on the San Jacinto River as the water flows into Santa Anna Bayou and the second barrier is further inland in Santa Anna Bayou to provide a second layer of protection for the sensitive marsh. To date, the Santa Anna Marsh has not been impacted by the incident.

More than 100,000 feet of containment boom remain deployed in the impacted areas, which include the Battleship Texas area, the Burnett Bay oyster beds, Carpenters Bayou, Crystal Bay Marsh, Old River, Patrick Bayou, Santa Anna Bayou and marsh, the western shore of the mouth of the San Jacinto River, Tucker Bayou, and the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) docks.

To view a map showing the extent and location of containment boom placement as well as drone footage, visit: https://itcresponse.com/.

On Saturday, ten additional birds were found alive and are at the wildlife recovery center; four others were found dead. A dolphin was reported in Seabrook, but investigators with the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network are still investigating the death and have yet to confirm the death to be linked to the incident. In total, the confirmed wildlife deaths as of 7:00 a.m. this morning include two red-eared slider turtles, eight birds and nine fish.

Public Health & Safety

The response team continues to see brief, periodic fluctuations in benzene readings within a two-mile radius of the immediate vicinity around the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) Deer Park incident site. As of 5:00 p.m., no residential areas have been affected.

Governmental and ITC teams are deployed in and around Deer Park to monitor and quickly report any potential elevation; however, all readings have been below any actionable levels. Crews continue to monitor air quality by land and air to report any elevated volatile organic compounds (VOC) around the industrial area near the incident site.

There continues to be a low health risk for the general public, according to the Harris County Public Health Department (HCPHD). Those who live in close proximity to the chemical terminal who may have greater sensitivity to the changes in the environment related to the fire (children, elderly, or those with certain chronic health conditions or immunosuppressed) may be more susceptible.

HCPHD recommends that those who have health concerns contact their healthcare provider or if more serious, call 911. If you do not have a healthcare provider, the Harris Health System’s “Ask My Nurse” helpline (713-634-1110) remains open to help answer heath questions. To find a healthcare provider close to you, visit: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/?display=map&zip=.

Community Impact

Residents and businesses impacted by the ITC fire may still submit claims. Forms are available for download at: www.ITCclaims.com.

Once completed, forms can be emailed to Incident31719@itcclaims.com or sent by postal mail to:

ITC Claim

March 17, 2019 Incident

PO Box 698

Deer Park, Texas  77536

A claims phone hotline is also available at: 346-263-9766. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information on the cleanup effort as it becomes available, visit www.itcresponse.com or follow us on twitter at @CaresITC.

Unified Command

Unified Command is an authority structure, in the Incident Command System, in which the role of incident commander is shared by two or more individuals, each having authority in a different responding agency. Unified Command is often needed for incidents involving multiple jurisdictions or agencies. Unified Command allows agencies with different legal, geographic, and functional authorities and responsibilities to work together effectively without affecting individual agency authority, responsibility, or accountability. For the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) fire response, Unified Command consists of the following agencies and organizations: the United States Environmental Protection Agency as the federal on-scene coordinator; the United States Coast Guard; the state of Texas, which includes the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Parks & Wildlife; Harris County and Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC). All federal and state agencies have a legislative mandate to oversee responses of hazardous substances and oil spills to ensure public health and the environment and to ensure the responsible party takes all necessary action.

For more information contact:

Joint Information Center: 832-780-6739

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

inquiries@itcresponse.com

ITCCares@iterm.com

Media Release #29

HOUSTON – The 2nd 80’s Fire Response Unified Command continues cleanup operations today and reports that nine of 15 tanks are secured.

Public Health & Safety

The response team continues to see brief, periodic fluctuations in benzene readings within a two-mile radius of the immediate vicinity around the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) Deer Park incident site. As of 5:45 p.m., no residential areas have been affected.

Governmental and ITC teams are deployed in and around Deer Park to monitor and quickly report any potential elevation; however, all readings have been below any actionable levels.

Crews continue to monitor air quality by land and air to report any elevated volatile organic compounds (VOC) around the industrial area near the incident site.

There continues to be a low health risk for the general public, according to the Harris County Public Health Department (HCPHD). Those who live in close proximity to the chemical terminal who may have greater sensitivity to the changes in the environment related to the fire (children, elderly, or those with certain chronic health conditions or immunosuppressed) may be more susceptible.

HCPHD recommends that those who have health concerns contact their healthcare provider or if more serious, call 911. If you do not have a healthcare provider, the Harris Health System’s “Ask My Nurse” helpline (713-634-1110) remains open to help answer heath questions. To find a healthcare provider close to you, visit: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/?display=map&zip= .

 

Operational Update

To date, the primary goal has been to secure the tanks involved in the tank farm fire. As progress is made on that effort, cleanup crews will turn their attention to simultaneously cleaning the residual product and firefighting foam from the nine secured tanks. This process will start with tanks 80-9 and 80-12 and is scheduled to begin in the next 24 hours.

As of 7 a.m., March 29, a total of 40,385 barrels (nearly 1.7 million gallons) of product mixed with water and firefighting foam have been removed from the tank farm. Crews are currently working to remove product from tank 80-11. Once complete, crews will begin securing tanks 80-5 and 80-6.

In total, 51,089 barrels (2.1 billion gallons) of oily water mix have been removed from the waterways.

 

Environmental Impact

Unified Command conducted an overflight at 11 a.m. on March 30, 2019, to observe areas impacted by the ITC fire and reported the impacted locations remain the same. They are: the Battleship Texas area, the Burnett Bay oyster beds, Carpenters Bayou, Crystal Bay Marsh, Old River, Patrick Bayou, Santa Anna Bayou and marsh, the western shore of the mouth of the San Jacinto River, Tucker Bayou, and the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) docks.

More than 100,000 feet of containment boom remain deployed in the waters of the impacted areas and have been effective in keeping product from spreading into new areas as well as from entering Santa Anna Marsh. To view a map showing the extent and location of containment boom placement as well as drone footage, visit: https://itcresponse.com/.

Wildlife observers confirmed an additional deceased fish as a result of the incident. Eleven birds have been found and are being rehabilitated. In total, the confirmed wildlife deaths now are two red-eared slider turtles, seven birds and nine fish.

 

Community Impact

Residents and businesses impacted by the ITC fire may still submit claims. Forms are available for download at: www.ITCclaims.com.

Once completed, forms can be emailed to Incident31719@itcclaims.com or sent by postal mail to:

ITC Claim
March 17, 2019 Incident
PO Box 698
Deer Park, Texas  77536

A claims phone hotline is also available at: 346-263-9766. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information on the cleanup effort as it becomes available, visit www.itcresponse.com or follow us on twitter at @CaresITC.

 

For more information contact:

Joint Information Center: 832-780-6739
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
inquiries@itcresponse.com
ITCCares@iterm.com

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Media Release #28

HOUSTON – The 2nd 80’s Fire Response Unified Command continued cleanup operations, environmental assessment


Public Health & Safety

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the United States Environmental Protection Agency continue to monitor air quality near the ITC facility as well as in the community using portable monitors.

Air quality monitoring will continue for the duration of the cleanup operation. Air quality updates as well as a map showing the location and extent of monitoring are available at: Response.epa.gov/ITCTankFire, posted daily.

 

Environmental Impact

As of 7 a.m. this morning, wildlife observers confirmed an additional bird and four fish deceased as a result of the ITC incident. In total, the confirmed wildlife deaths are two red-eared slider turtles, three birds and eight fish.

Unified Command conducted an overflight at 11 a.m. on March 29, 2019, to observe areas impacted by the ITC fire. Impacted areas remain unchanged from the March 28 overflight, which included: the Battleship Texas area, the oyster beds located in Burnett Bay, Carpenters Bayou, Crystal Bay Marsh, Old River, Patrick Bayou, Santa Anna Bayou, the western shore of the mouth of the San Jacinto River, Tucker Bayou, and the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) docks.

More than 100,000 feet of containment boom remains deployed in the waters of the impacted areas. A boom is a physical barrier placed in the water to reduce the risk of impacting sensitive areas and shorelines, and assists when recovering product from the water.

To view a map showing the extent and location of containment boom placement as well as drone footage, visit: https://itcresponse.com/ .

  

Operational Update

As of 6 a.m. on March 28, 28,528 barrels (1.2 million gallons) of oily water mix have been removed from the waterways. From the tank farm, 35,724 barrels (approximately 1.5 million gallons) of product mixed with water and firefighting foam have been removed.

Seven of the 15 tanks involved in the incident are secured. Responders are currently removing product from tanks 80-2 and 80-3. Once those tanks are secured, product removal from tanks 80-5 and 80-6 will begin.

Response personnel are still applying foam to the containment area as needed to maintain a sufficient foam level in the tank farm.


Community Impact

Residents and businesses impacted by the ITC fire may still submit claims. Forms are available for download at: www.ITCclaims.com. Once completed, forms can be emailed to Incident31719@itcclaims.com or sent by postal mail to:

ITC Claim
March 17, 2019 Incident
PO Box 698
Deer Park, Texas  77536

A claims phone hotline is also available at: 346-263-9766. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information on the cleanup effort as it becomes available, visit www.itcresponse.com or follow us on twitter at @CaresITC.


For more information contact:

Joint Information Center: 832-780-6739
inquiries@itcresponse.com
ITCCares@iterm.com

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Media Release #27

On March 28 at 10:30 a.m., the 2nd 80’s Fire Response Unified Command continued cleanup operations, booming and product removal after the fire in Deer Park.

Nearly 100,000 feet of boom were deployed, covering water in the Battleship Texas area, the oyster beds located in Burnett Bay, Carpenters Bayou, Crystal Bay Marsh, Old River, Patrick Bayou, Santa Anna Bayou, the western shore of the mouth of the San Jacinto River, Tucker Bayou, and the Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC (ITC) docks.

Seven of the 15 tanks were secured. Responders are currently removing product from tanks 80-2 and 80-3. Once those tanks are secured, product removal from tanks 80-5 and 80-6 will begin.

As of 6 a.m. on March 28, 28,528 barrels (1.2 million gallons) of oily water mix has been removed from the waterways. From the tank farm, 35,724 barrels (approximately 1.5 million gallons) of product mixed with water and firefighting foam has been removed.

Response personnel are still foaming the containment area as needed to maintain a sufficient foam level in the tank farm.

Updates and Resources available at:

www.itcresponse.com
@CaresITC

Key Phone Numbers:

Claims Hotline: 346-263-9766
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Monday – Friday
www.ITCclaims.com
Incident31719@itcclaims.com


For more information contact:

Joint Information Center:  832-780-6739
Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
inquiries@itcresponse.com
ITCCares@iterm.com

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Media Release #26

Unified Command has confirmed oil pockets have been observed along the shorelines of the Santa Anna Bayou Marsh near the Battleship Texas State Historic Site. The oil pockets are believed to be connected to the chemical fire at the ITC plant in Deer Park.

The oil pockets were confirmed during a U.S. Coast Guard overflight of the area at approximately 10:30 a.m., March 28. Wildlife observers are deployed to San Jacinto State Park and Tucker Bayou. Responders are also using equipment to remove product from the water.

The impacted areas include the easternmost edge of Peggy Lake and the westernmost edge at Boggy Bayou Basin. Booms were deployed early in the incident to protect sensitive areas. Additional booms have been positioned along the shorelines to absorb the oil and prevent further impact.

Marshes serve as nursery habitats as well as feeding and loafing areas for fish and birds, including various water birds, alligators, fish, shrimp, and crab.

On Wednesday, the Unified Command deployed wildlife observers to monitor impacts in the affected area. Since then, four dead fish have been confirmed.

Prior to the wildlife observers arriving, 13 dead fish were reported in the area, the cause was unconfirmed. The total confirmed wildlife deaths are four fish, two red-eared slider turtles and two birds.

Santa Anna Bayou Marsh is a sensitive area of concern for responders since salt marshes are more sensitive to oil and other chemical products. If the public encounters impacted wildlife, please do not attempt a rescue or recovery. Untrained personnel can inflict serious injury to the animal or may be injured.

Contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at (281) 479-2431 for more information.

For more information contact:

Joint Information Center (JIC):

(832) 780-6739
www.itcresponse.com
ITCCares@iterm.com
@CaresITC

JIC hours:
As of Monday, March 25, 2019 – 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. (7 days a week)

 

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Media Release #25

DATE: March 27, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE 25: 2nd 80’s Response Unified Command continues clean-up operations, identifies primary impacted areas

HOUSTON – A March 27 overflight at 12:30 p.m. observed that the impacted areas now include Tucker Bayou, Carpenters Bayou, Northeast San Jacinto River in the vicinity of the San Jacinto State Park and monument, Santa Anna Bayou Marsh, Old River and the water adjacent to the ITC pier.

Pockets of product still remain in the water near the Lynchburg Ferry and the San Jacinto Port. The leading edges of the product are the Boggy Bayou Basin to the east and Peggy Lake to the westS

Santa Anna Bayou Marsh is a sensitive area of concern for responders since salt marshes are more sensitive to oil and other chemical products. Marshes serve as nursery habitats as well as feeding and loafing area for fish and birds. While the marsh and shoreline in this area has not been impacted, booms have been positioned off the shoreline and on the water to prevent further impact to the basin and product from entering the marsh. Responders are also using equipment to remove product from the water.

Wildlife impacts currently include 13 fish, one frog, and one red-eared slider turtle, located deceased in Tucker Bayou. The cause is under investigation. Wildlife observers are deployed to San Jacinto State Park and Tucker Bayou. If the public encounters impacted wildlife, please do not attempt a rescue or recovery. Untrained personnel can inflict serious injury to the animal or may be injured themselves. Instead, call and report impacted wildlife to: 832-368-5379.

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has updated its fish advisory for the upper Houston Ship Channel (HSC) and now recommends no one eat any species of fish or crab from the ship channel or San Jacinto River north of State Highway 146 Fred Hartman Bridge. Volatile organic compounds in the water following the ITC fire may affect the safety of seafood harvested in the area. DSHS will continue to monitor water sampling data to determine whether any further changes are needed.

Currently, there are no known or suspected impacts to drinking water; there are no drinking water intakes on the Houston Ship Channel. For more information, visit Deer Park Public Works.

The Houston Ship Channel (HSC) is open to traffic between Tucker Bayou and HSC Light 116 through coordinated vessel movement by the Coast Guard. The San Jacinto River also remains open for vessel traffic during daylight hours only. To mitigate the potential spread of contaminated water throughout the port, decontamination sites have been identified to observe transiting vessels that may require decontamination.

Booms are deployed, covering water in the Battleship Texas area, the oyster beds located in Burnett Bay, Carpenters Bayou, Crystal Bay Marsh, Old River, Patrick Bayou, Santa Anna Bayou, the western shore of the mouth of the San Jacinto River, Tucker Bayou, and the Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC (ITC) docks.

Six of the 15 tanks are secured. Responders are currently removing product from 80-13. Once 80-13 is secure, crews will begin working on tank 80-14.

As of 7 a.m. on March 27, the on land response has removed 16,595 barrels (696,990 gallons) of oily water mix from the waterways. From the tank farm, 35,724 barrels (approximately 1.5 million gallons) of product mixed with water and firefighting foam has been removed.

Response personnel are still foaming the tank farm as needed to maintain at least a 2-foot level of foam and pumping a mix of firefighting foam, water, and remaining product from the ditch using vacuum trucks and hoses.

Updates and Resources available at:

www.itcresponse.com
@CaresITC

Key Phone Numbers:

Claims Hotline: 346-263-9766
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Monday – Friday
www.ITCclaims.com
Incident31719@itcclaims.com

For more information contact:

Joint Information Center: 832-780-6739
Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
inquiries@itcresponse.com
ITCCares@iterm.com

 

Media Release #24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: March 26, 2019

UPDATE 24: Unified Command continues ITC Fire clean-up operations

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has lifted the restriction on cargo operations in the Houston Ship Channel that were in place from the Cargill Facility East to Cemex USA between Houston Ship Channel Light 139 and Houston Ship Channel Light 129. If at any time a safety risk to operations becomes evident, the Captain of the Port will act to ensure safety of port operations and mariners on the water.

The San Jacinto River is open for vessel traffic during daylight hours only. The Houston Ship Channel remains closed to traffic between Tucker Bayou and HSC Light 116 with the exception of coordinated vessel movement by the Coast Guard.

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recommends people not eat fish from the upper Houston Ship Channel. A fish consumption advisory, in effect since 2013, for most of the upper ship channel, warns against eating any species of fish or crab, especially by children and women of childbearing age. The advisory urges women past childbearing age and adult men who choose to consume fish caught there to eat no more than one meal per month. Health officials continue to assess new information and will update this guidance as needed.

Since March 17, air monitoring has been conducted continuously in the community, and any hazardous levels or parameters are being reported immediately to Unified Command and disseminated to stakeholders and local authorities for appropriate community response actions.

The Harris County Health Department (HCPH) has reported that based on current health-related data from multiple sources, there continues to be overall a low health risk for the general public. Those who had been in close proximity to the chemical terminal may have had greater sensitivity to changes in the environment related to the fire. Children, elderly, those with certain chronic health conditions or immunosuppressed, etc., may be more susceptible. HCPH recommends that any individuals who have health concerns should contact their healthcare provider or if more serious, call 911. If you do not have a health care provider, the Harris Health System’s ‘Ask My Nurse’ helpline remains open to help answer health questions. The number is 713-634-1110. For more information, go to http://www.hcphtx.org/Newsroom/Press-Releases.

ITC operational personnel continue to transfer product from 80-10 and plan to begin emptying tank 80-13 once operations are complete on 80-10.

Tanks 80-7 and 80-14 are empty and secure.

Response personnel are still foaming the tank farm as needed to maintain at least a 2-foot level of foam and pumping a mix of firefighting foam, water, and remaining product from the ditch using vacuum trucks and hoses. The mix is being transferred to tank 100-28.

Tucker Bayou and the water adjacent ITC piers remain the primary impacted areas and the product is contained within booming. As of 4:30 p.m., Monday, overflights confirmed that the western leading edge of the product is located at Buffalo Bayou and the eastern leading edge is at Terrace Park, with pockets of additional product in the vicinity of Lynchburg Ferry, San Jacinto Port, and portions of Old River.

Booms are deployed, covering Tucker Bayou, the ITC docks, Patrick Bayou, Old River, Carpenter Bayou, Battleship Texas, Santa Ana Bayou, the western shore of the mouth of the San Jacinto River, and the oyster beds located in Burnett Bay.

As of 6:45 a.m. on March 26, the on-land response has removed approximately 33,394 barrels (1.4 million gallons) of product mixed with water and firefighting foam from the tank farm. Approximately 12,897 barrels (541,000 gallons) of oily water mix has been removed from the waterways.

Since March 19, 2019, more than 1,100 federal, state and local first responders, agencies, and environmental cleanup contractors have been on the scene and actively assessing, booming and continuing to remove product from affected areas.

Updates and Resources available at:

www.itcresponse.com
@CaresITC

Key Phone Numbers:

Claims Hotline: 346-263-9766
ITCclaims.com
Incident31719@itcclaims.com

For more information contact:

Joint Information Center (JIC): 832-780-6739
JIC hours: Beginning Tuesday March 26, 2019, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
inquiries@itcresponse.com
ITCCares@iterm.com

 

 

Media Release #23

Unified Command continues clean-up operations at the Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC (ITC) facility, Tucker Bayou and Houston Ship Channel near Deer Park, Texas.

Since March 19, 2019, more than 1,100 federal, state and local first responders, agencies, and environmental cleanup contractors have been on the scene and actively assessing, booming and continuing to remove product from affected areas.

We continue to pump liquid out of tank 80-7 and have less than 6 inches (approximately 1,122 barrels or 47,127 gallons) remaining in the tank. The remaining liquid is mostly water.

ITC operational personnel are currently transferring product from 80-14 and will continue transferring product from tank 80-10 to tank 80-18 until tanks 80-14 and 80-10 are empty.

Tank 80-15 is empty.

We are still pumping product from the ditch using vacuum trucks and hoses. That product is being transferred to tank 100-28. We are still foaming the tank farm hourly to maintain a 2-foot level of foam.

We continue to monitor air and water quality. Updates are available on ITC’s web page (www.iterm.com/news), as well as those of the responding agencies.

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port opened the San Jacinto River to allow for vessel traffic during daylight hours only. The Houston Ship Channel remains closed to traffic between Tucker Bayou and HSC Light 116 with the exception of coordinated vessel movement by the Coast Guard and closed for cargo operations from HSC Light 139 to HSC Light 129.

Tucker Bayou and the water adjacent ITC piers remain the primary impacted areas and the product is contained within booming. Overflights confirmed as of 1:30 p.m. on Sunday that the western leading edge of the product is located at Patrick Bayou and the eastern leading edge is at Old River, with pockets of additional product in the vicinity of Lynchburg Ferry and San Jacinto Port.

Booms have been deployed, covering Tucker Bayou, the ITC docks, Patrick Bayou, Old River, Carpenter Bayou, Battleship Texas, Santa Ana Bayou, the western shore of the mouth of the San Jacinto River, and the oyster beds located in Burnett Bay.

Incident Summary:

Response Assets:

  • Personnel assigned: 611
  • Fire-fighting/rescue equipment: 64
  • Product removal vehicles: 20
  • Boom deployed: 27,000 feet
  • Aircraft: 5

Skimmers have recovered more than 30,952 barrels of oil water mixture as cleanup crews work 24 hours a day.

Recovered material:

  • Oily water mixture: 30,952 barrels removed from the water
  • Pyrolysis gasoline (or Pygas) 12,647 barrels removed from tank 80-7

Our major goals for the next 24 hours:

  • Continue to protect and remediate environmentally sensitive areas including waterways, marshes and land. Place additional boom across Tucker Bayou.
  • Continue operations to remove product from tanks in the affected area while maintaining an appropriate foam barrier for vapor suppression and to mitigate any re-ignition potential.

Key Phone Numbers:

  • Claims Hotline: 346-263-9766 — Please note this is the correct Claims Hotline number.

For more information contact:

Joint Information Center (JIC):

(832) 780-6739
www.itcresponse.com
ITCCares@iterm.com
@CaresITC

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