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