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