Category Archives: Operational Updates

Operational Update 05-17-2019

Operational Update

As of 5/17/2019

Transportation status

  • Independence Parkway remains open to all traffic.
  • Tidal Road along the tank farm remains open to essential personnel / equipment only.

Water Response

  • All remaining boom on the channel is deployed as part of a monitor and maintain phase. These segments are mostly sorbent boom and are in place to ensure any sheen that may occur after heavy rain events or changing tides is captured. The areas are as follows: Tucker Bayou, Jacintoport, and Enterprise dock (decon station).

Terminal Operational Status

  • ITC continues to make progress to restore terminal operations.
  • All ITC’s docks have been released by the state and federal agencies for use.
  • Rail, truck and pipeline activity has resumed.

Tank Farm Status

  • Deconstruction of tank 80-15 is complete.
  • Deconstruction will continue through multiple weeks with tank 80-14 being next.

As a reminder, although many safety precautions are being taken in advance, the possibility exists for small, short duration flash fires and increased emissions in the impacted tank farm during this work.  A fully dedicated firefighting team will be at the work area for the duration of the work.  In addition, we continue to deploy numerous mobile air monitoring equipment and personnel to closely monitor and react to any safety concerns that may arise inside or outside of the impacted tank farm.  Air monitoring in the downwind community has not stopped since it was implemented on March 17, 2019.

An additional notification will be issued via e-notify to the surrounding industrial neighbors approximately 2 hours before deconstruction work begins on a new tank.

Operational Update 2019-05-10

Operational Update

As of 5/10/2019

Transportation status

  • Independence Parkway remains open to all traffic.
  • Tidal Road along the tank farm is open to essential personnel / equipment only.

Terminal Operational Status

  • ITC continues to make progress to restore terminal operations.
  • All tanks in the impacted tank farm have been cleaned to the extent feasible. Clean-up efforts on the waterways are finishing and crews have demobilized.
  • The wastewater plant discharge has been re-established.
  • All ITC docks have been released for use.
  • Rail and truck activity has resumed.

In the next 24-36 hours, ITC expects to begin deconstruction of tank 80-15, which was damaged during the fire that occurred at ITC Deer Park on March 17th.

Although many safety precautions are being taken in advance, the possibility exists for small, short duration flash fires and increased emissions in the impacted tank farm during this work.  A fully dedicated firefighting team will be at the work area for the duration of the work.  In addition, we continue to deploy numerous mobile air monitoring equipment and personnel to closely monitor and react to any safety concerns that may arise inside or outside of the impacted tank farm.  Air monitoring in the downwind community has not stopped since it was implemented on March 17, 2019.

An additional notification will be issued via e-notify to the surrounding industrial neighbors approximately 2 hours before the work begins.

Operational Update 2019-05-02

Operational Update

As of 5/2/2019

Transportation status

  • Independence Parkway was opened to all traffic on Friday evening, April 26.
  • The PTRA resumed normal service April 29.

Terminal Operational Status

  • ITC Continues to make progress to restore terminal operations.
  • All tanks in the impacted tank farm have been cleaned to the extent feasible. Clean-up efforts on the waterways are finishing and crews are demobilizing.
  • The wastewater plant discharge has been re-established.
  • The Shoreline Assessment was completed for ITC’s docks, with the exception of docks 4, 5, and 8.
  • Once marine activity is safely and successfully re-established, we will begin resuming rail traffic followed by truck activity.

Operational Update 2019-04-30

Operational Update

As of 4/30/2019

Transportation status

  • Independence Parkway was opened to all traffic on Friday evening, April 26.
  • The PTRA resumed normal service yesterday, April 29.

Tank Farm Status

  • 15 tanks secure
  • Degassing continues on tank 80-10 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, 80-8, 80-9, 80-10, 80-11, 80-12, 80-13, 80-14, and 80-15 have been cleaned to the extent possible at this time.

Water Response

  • Approximately 2175 ft. of hard boom remains deployed in sensitive areas and active areas of the response (see Water Response Progress map dated 2019-04-27).
  • 223,882 barrels (more than 9.4 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 278,756 barrels (more than 11.7 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 6 skimmers
  • 5 vacuum trucks

Houston Ship Channel

  • All waterways are open to normal operations (per the latest update MSIB 34-19; 4/22/2019)
  • Docks and Piers between Houston Ship Channel Light 133 and Houston Ship Channel Light 139 are open to 24-hour traffic unless notified by VTS-Houston.
  • 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)

  • 10 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 52 birds
  • 84 fish

(Released in Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)

  • 16 turtles
  • 29 birds
  • 2 snakes

Operational Update 2019-04-25

Operational Update

As of 4/25/2019

Tank Farm Status

  • 15 tanks secure
  • Degassing continues on tanks 80-10 and 80-14 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, 80-8, 80-9, 80-11, 80-12, 80-13, 80-14, and 80-15 have been cleaned to the extent possible at this time.
  • Cleaning is in progress on tank 80-10.

 Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Patrick Bayou
  • Approximately 10,000 ft. of boom remains deployed in sensitive areas and active areas of the response
  • 144,396 barrels (more than 6 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 265,390 barrels (more than 11.1 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 6 skimmers
  • 10 vacuum trucks

Houston Ship Channel

  • All waterways are open to normal operations (per the latest update MSIB 34-19; 4/22/2019)
  • Docks and Piers between Houston Ship Channel Light 133 and Houston Ship Channel Light 139 are open to 24-hour traffic unless notified by VTS-Houston.
  • 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
  • 43 birds
  • 67 fish

(Released in Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)

  • 4 turtles
  • 28 birds
  • 1 snake

Operational Update 2019-04-22

Operational Update

As of 4/22/2019

Tank Farm Status

  • 15 tanks secure
  • Degassing continues on tanks 80-10 and 80-14 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 80-8, 80-10 and 80-14

Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Patrick Bayou
  • Approximately 10,000 ft. of boom remains deployed in sensitive areas and active areas of the response
  • 144,244 barrels (more than 6 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 240,767 barrels (more than 10.1 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 70 skimmers
  • 51 vacuum trucks

Houston Ship Channel

  • All waterways are open to normal operations except as specified in MSIB 33-19.
  • 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
  • 35 birds

59 fish

(Released in Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)

  • 2 turtles
  • 12 birds

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