Category Archives: Operational Updates

Operational Update 2019-04-18

Operational Update

As of 4/18/2019

Tank Farm Status

  • 15 tanks secure
  • Removal of the remaining heel of naphtha from tank 80-8 is complete.
  • Degassing continues on tanks 80-7, 80-10, 80-14, and 80-15 as a precaution to ensure capture of any potential vapors remaining in the tanks.
  • Tanks 80-1, 80-2, 80-3, 80-4, 80-5, 80-6, 80-7, 80-9, 80-11, 80-12, 80-13, and 80-15 have been cleaned to the extent possible at this time.
  • Cleaning is in progress on tanks 80-10 and 80-14

Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Sam Houston Parkway
  • 160,840 feet (approximately 30.5 miles) boom deployed
  • 143,555 barrels (more than 6 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 234,021 barrels (nearly 10 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 70 skimmers
  • 51 vacuum trucks

Houston Ship Channel

  • Upper Houston Ship Channel is open 24/7 for traffic managed by VTS Houston-Galveston.
  • San Jacinto River is open for 24-hour vessel traffic as managed by VTS Houston-Galveston.
  • For the latest Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB), including Houston Ship Channel (HSC) vessel traffic updates pertaining to the impacted segments of the waterway in response to the cleanup operations please go to: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston under the “Safety Notifications” heading.

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 9 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 26 birds
  • 43 fish

(Released in Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)

  • 2 turtles
  • 12 birds

Operational Update 2019-04-17

Operational Update

As of 4/17/2019

Tank Farm Status

  • 14 tanks secure
  • Removal of the remaining heel of naphtha from tank 80-8 is complete.
  • Removal of the remaining base oil from tank 80-11 continues.
  • Degassing continues on tanks 80-7, 80-10, 80-14, and 80-15 as a precaution to ensure capture of any potential vapors remaining in the tanks.
  • Tanks 80-1, 80-2, 80-3, 80-4, 80-5, 80-6, 80-9, 80-12, 80-13, and 80-15 have been cleaned to the extent possible at this time.
  • Cleaning is in progress on tanks 80-10 and 80-14

Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Sam Houston Parkway
  • 160,840 feet (approximately 30.5 miles) boom deployed
  • 142,757 barrels (nearly 6 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 234,302 barrels (more than 9.8 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 70 skimmers
  • 51 vacuum trucks

Houston Ship Channel

  • Upper Houston Ship Channel is open 24/7 for traffic managed by VTS Houston-Galveston.
  • San Jacinto River is open for 24-hour vessel traffic as managed by VTS Houston-Galveston.

The Coast Guard issues a daily Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) to provide Houston Ship Channel (HSC) vessel traffic updates pertaining to the impacted segments of the waterway in response to the cleanup operations. The Coast Guard will issue these updates until they are no longer needed. MSIB’s can be found at: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston under the “Safety Notifications” heading.

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 9 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 26 birds
  • 34 fish

(Released in Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)

  • 2 turtles
  • 12 birds

Operational Update 2019-04-16

Operational Update

As of 4/16/2019

Tank Farm Status

  • 14 tanks secure
  • Removal of the remaining heel of naphtha from tank 80-8 is complete.
  • Removal of base oil from tank 80-11 is in progress.
  • Tanks 80-7, 80-10, and 80-14 are being degassed, which removes vapors from the tank.
  • Cleaning is complete for Tanks 80-1, 80-2, 80-3, 80-4, 80-5, 80-6, 80-9, 80-12, 80-13, and 80-15.

Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Sam Houston Parkway
  • 160,840 feet (approximately 30.5 miles) boom deployed
  • 142,180 barrels (more than 5.9 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 228,105 barrels (more than 9.5 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 70 skimmers
  • 51 vacuum trucks

Houston Ship Channel

  • Upper Houston Ship Channel is open 24/7 for traffic managed by VTS Houston-Galveston.
  • San Jacinto River is open for 24-hour vessel traffic as managed by VTS Houston-Galveston.

The Coast Guard issues a daily Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) to provide Houston Ship Channel (HSC) vessel traffic updates pertaining to the impacted segments of the waterway in response to the cleanup operations. The Coast Guard will issue these updates until they are no longer needed. MSIB’s can be found at: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston under the “Safety Notifications” heading.

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 9 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 26 birds
  • 34 fish

(Released in Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)

  • 2 turtles
  • 12 birds

Operational Update 2019-04-15 07:00 a.m.

Operational Update

As of 4/15/2019 @ 07:00 a.m.

Tank Farm Status

  • 13 tanks secure
  • A heel remains in the naphtha tank 80-8. Plans are being made for removal of the remaining heel.
  • Product removal from tank 80-11 is in progress.
  • Tanks 80-7, 80-10, 80-13, 80-14 and 80-15 are being degassed, which removes vapors from the tank so cleaning can occur.
  • Cleaning is complete for Tanks 80-1, 80-2, 80-3, 80-4, 80-6, 80-9 and 80-12.

Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Sam Houston Parkway
  • 160,840 feet (approximately 30.5 miles) boom deployed
  • 141,558 barrels (more than 5.7 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 182,431 barrels (more than 7.6 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 70 skimmers
  • 51 vacuum trucks

Houston Ship Channel

  • Upper Houston Ship Channel is open 24/7 for traffic managed by VTS Houston-Galveston.
  • San Jacinto River is open for 24-hour vessel traffic as managed by VTS Houston-Galveston.

The Coast Guard issues a daily Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) to provide Houston Ship Channel (HSC) vessel traffic updates pertaining to the impacted segments of the waterway in response to the cleanup operations. The Coast Guard will issue these updates until they are no longer needed. MSIB’s can be found at: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston under the “Safety Notifications” heading.

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 9 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 26 birds
  • 34 fish

(Released in Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)

  • 2 turtles
  • 12 birds

Operational Update 2019-04-12 07:00 a.m.

Operational Update

As of 4/12/2019 @ 07:00 a.m.

Tank Farm Status

  • 13 tanks secure
  • A heel remains in the naphtha tank 80-8. Plans are being made for removal of the remaining heel.
  • Tank 80-11 still contains base oil
  • Tanks 80-7, 80-10, 80-13, 80-14 and 80-15 are being degassed, which removes vapors from the tank so cleaning can occur. Sludge removal in progress as well from tank 80-15.
  • Cleaning is complete for Tanks 80-2, 80-3, 80-5, 80-6, 80-9 and 80-12.
  • Product removal was completed from two of the base oil tanks, 80-1 and 80-4.

Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Sam Houston Parkway
  • 167,400 feet (close to 32 miles) boom deployed
  • 136,846 barrels (more than 5.7 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 182,431 barrels (more than 7.6 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 117 skimmers
  • 50 vacuum trucks

Houston Ship Channel

  • Upper Houston Ship Channel is open 24/7 for traffic managed by VTS Houston-Galveston. Today, responders have successfully completed the decontamination of 2 vessels within this area.
  • San Jacinto River is open for 24-hour vessel traffic as managed by VTS Houston-Galveston.

The Coast Guard issues a daily Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) to provide Houston Ship Channel (HSC) vessel traffic updates pertaining to the impacted segments of the waterway in response to the cleanup operations. The Coast Guard will issue these updates until they are no longer needed. MSIB’s can be found at: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston under the “Safety Notifications” heading.

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 5 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 25 birds
  • 27 fish

(Released in Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)

  • 2 turtles
  • 12 birds

Operational Update 2019-04-11 07:30 a.m.

Operational Update

As of 4/11/2019 Overflight at 07:30 a.m.

Tank Farm Status

  • 11 tanks secure
  • A heel remains in the naphtha tank. Plans are being made for removal of the remaining heel.
  • Tanks 80-10, 80-13, 80-14 and 80-15 are being degassed, which removes vapors from the tank so cleaning can occur. Sludge removal in progress as well from tank 80-15.
  • Tank 80-2 and 80-3 cleaning is complete
  • Cleaning in progress for tanks 80-5 and 80-6
  • Product removal is in progress for two of the base oil tanks, 80-1 and 80-4

Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Sam Houston Parkway
  • 167,400 feet (close to 32 miles) boom deployed
  • 131,255 barrels (more than 5.5 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 175,180 barrels (more than 7.3 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 117 skimmers
  • 50 vacuum trucks

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 5 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 19 birds
  • 26 fish

Operational Update 2019-04-10 07:30 a.m.

Operational Update

As of 4/10/2019 Overflight at 07:30 a.m.

Tank Farm Status

  • 11 tanks secure
  • A heel remains in the naphtha tank. Plans are being made for removal of the remaining heel.
  • Tanks 80-13, 80-14 and 80-15 are being degassed, which removes vapors from the tank so cleaning can occur
  • Tank 80-2 cleaning is complete
  • Cleaning in progress for tanks 80-3 and 80-5
  • Product removal is in progress for two of the base oil tanks, 80-1 and 80-4
  • The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (HCFMO) is still onsite continuing their investigation

Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Sam Houston Parkway
  • 167,400 feet (close to 32 miles) boom deployed
  • 125,346 barrels (more than 5.2 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 171,528 barrels (more than 7 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 111 skimmers
  • 50 vacuum trucks

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 5 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 15 birds
  • 21 fish

Operational Update 2019-04-09 08:00 a.m.

Operational Update

As of 4/9/2019 Overflight at 8:00 a.m.

Tank Farm Status

  • 11 tanks secure
  • 1 tank with naphtha scheduled to be pumped out on 4/9/2019
  • Tanks 80-13, 80-14 and 80-15 are being degassed, which removes vapors from the tank so cleaning can occur
  • Cleaning secured tanks 80-2 and 80-3 on 4/9/2019
  • 3 tanks with base oil (low risk) targeted for future removal
  • Tank Farm operations are suspended due to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (HCFMO) being onsite; will resume later today after HCFM leaves

Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Sam Houston Parkway
  • 153,400 feet (close to 30 miles) boom deployed
  • 118, 486 barrels (more than 4.9 million gallons) product recovered from water
  • 171,528 barrels (more than 7 million gallons) product recovered from tank farm
  • 117 skimmers
  • 48 vacuum trucks

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 5 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 15 birds
  • 21 fish

Operational Update 2019-04-08 07:00 a.m.

Operational Update

No overflight due to visibility – All information current as of 7 a.m.

Tank Farm Status

  • 11 tanks secure
  • 1 tank of naphtha being pumped out
  • Preparing tanks 80-13, 80-14 and 80-15 for cleaning
  • Cleaning secured tanks 80-2 and 80-3
  • 3 tanks with base oil (low risk) targeted for future product removal

Water Response

  • 153,400 feet boom deployed
  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Sam Houston Parkway
  • 111,868 barrels product recovered from water
  • 157,626 barrels product recovered from tank farm
  • 105 skimmers
  • 42 vacuum trucks

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 5 red-eared slider turtles
  • 5 opossum
  • 15 birds
  • 18 fish

Operational Update 2019-04-07 07:00 a.m.

Operational Update

No overflight due to visibility – All information current as of 7 a.m.

Tank Farm Status

  • 10 tanks secure
  • 1 tank with xylene, 1 tank with naphtha targeted for removal
  • 3 tanks with base oil (low risk) targeted for future removal

Water Response

  • 147,300 feet boom deployed
  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Sam Houston Parkway
  • 110,070 barrels product recovered from water
  • 153,980 barrels product recovered from tank farm
  • 119 skimmers
  • 32 vacuum trucks

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 5 red-eared slider turtles
  • 5 opossum
  • 15 birds
  • 18 fish