Crews mopping up oily water spill at Bangor

Peninsula Daily News

BANGOR — Crews with the Navy, Coast Guard and state Department of Ecology are working this weekend to mop up the remnants of a spill of oily water at Naval Base Kitsap that prompted a warning about shellfish harvest in Jefferson County.

“Over the weekend, we will have monitors in the area of the pier” at Bangor, said Tom Danaher, public affairs officer at Naval Base Kitsap.

Some 2,000 gallons of oily waste spilled into the Hood Canal at Bangor from a pier-side waste transfer system that malfunctioned Monday afternoon.

By Tuesday, the spill had stretched at least 10 miles north of Bangor and was visible at the Hood Canal Bridge as a sheen on the water.

No trace near bridge

Danaher said no trace of oil could be seen near the bridge by Friday.

Last week, the state Department of Health issued a shellfish advisory for Hood Canal from Brown Point on the Toandos Peninsula to the Hood Canal Bridge.

The advisory warned against harvesting or eating shellfish from that area until further notice because of the possibility of contamination by pollutants from the spill.

Jefferson County Public Health officials posted emergency closure signs at the public boat ramp at Hicks County Park, the only public access point on the western shore.

The closure includes Case Shoal, DNR-57B and DNR-59 shellfish beaches that are accessible only by boat.

No shore contamination has been seen, according to Ecology.

Cleanup efforts now are focusing on the area around the pier, which has been double-boomed.

Absorbent material will be placed in the water.

Banking on tides

“We hope that as the tide moves back and forth through there, we will get the last bits of spill that we can,” Danaher said.

Ecology inspectors are expected today or Monday to see whether the cleanup has been successful, he added.

“We’re looking for clear water,” Danaher said. “A thimble of fuel is too much for us.”

Last modified: February 15. 2014 4:57PM
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