Media Release 05-14-2019

 

Public Information Officer Update

For Immediate Release

At approximately 11:45 AM during the deconstruction of tank 80-15, a small flash fire developed.  There was visible smoke in the impacted tank farm; however, the pre-staged firefighting crews extinguished the fire very quickly. There were no injuries or off-site impact as a result of the incident.  Air monitoring during the incident did not identify any elevated benzene levels during the time of the fire.

 

For the latest updates and air quality monitoring information please go to www.itcresponse.com

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

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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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

Operational Update 2019-04-06 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

  • 138,600 feet boom deployed
  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Sam Houston Parkway
  • 100,643 barrels product recovered from water
  • 127,457 barrels product recovered from tank farm
  • 106 skimmers
  • 30 vacuum trucks


Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 4 red-eared slider turtles
  • 5 opossum
  • 13 birds
  • 17 fish