Hood Canal Bangor Oil Spill Update – Various Sources

Still, no one apparently has asked or answered whether the Navy was supposed to have been booming the area of the transfer prior to it being done. That is the critical question that could have averted the spill.

From the Kitsap Sun

No major effects seen from oil spill in Hood Canal
Kitsap Sun
BANGOR — An oil sheen on Hood Canal continued to dissipate Thursday, as Navy crews kept mopping up oil spilled at the Navy’s submarine base at Bangor. Volunteers combing the shoreline found no signs of oiled birds or other wildlife, nor has oil been observed on any beach outside Naval Base Kitsap, said Lisa Copeland, spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Ecology. The Ecology volunteers are trained to help implement geographic response plans, designed to mobilize personnel and equipment at environmentally sensitive areas. Anyone who notices any environmental effects from oil in Hood Canal is asked to call the state’s oiled-bird hotline, (800) 22-BIRDS, Copeland said.

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From the Department of Ecology

Thursday, February 13, 2014 3:30 PM

Monday afternoon, Feb. 10, Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, a part of the U.S. Naval installation in west Puget Sound experienced a spill from a waste-transfer system located on a pier into Hood Canal.

As part of the transfer system, a tank exists on the pier and accepts oily waste (water, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, lubricants, etc.) from ships. Monday, the tank system malfunctioned and overflowed. The Navy immediately began responding. They deployed 4000 feet of oil containment boom around the affected area and notified the Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the National Response Center/ U.S. Coast Guard. Early estimations of the spill were 150 gallons.

Early Tuesday, after further investigation and an aerial overflight by the U.S. Coast Guard a large sheen was observed on the water outside of the containment area. The Navy – along with its partners at the Coast Guard, Ecology and the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) — established a Unified Command Center at Bangor. The spill was reassessed to be up to 2,000 gallons of oily waste.

Wednesday the cleanup continued and the Unified Command held a press conference at Salisbury Point Park, located near the Hood Canal Bridge. Seattle (KOMO) and local media attended.

Thursday morning another overflight was conducted to view the status of the sheen in the canal. Aerial observations showed the sheen in the canal dissipating. Ecology will continue to monitor until there is no threat of harm to wildlife or the environment. Cleanup efforts are focused on the Delta Pier where the product is recoverable.

Cleanup efforts are ongoing and include containing and skimming as much product from the water as possible; implementing local geographic response plans (which include booming naturally sensitive areas at Lofall, Devil’s Hole and Thorndyke Bay); and assessing shorelines.

No harmful effects to beaches, wildlife or marine life have been identified or reported.

The cleanup/recovery process is expected to continue over the next few days. Once complete, Ecology will begin to analyze data and provide information regarding how much product was recovered and its level of toxicity. Tuesday the Department of Health (DOH) issued a ‘precautionary recommendation’ to avoid harvesting or eating shellfish from Bangor north to the Hood Canal Bridge. Once DOH receives sample results from Ecology, they can reassess their recommendation.

Members of the public or community are urged to call 1-800-22-BIRDS if they notice oiled wildlife or beaches.


Beaches appear clean after Bangor naval base spill of oil, water mixture; shellfish harvest still suspended – PDN

I go on vacation for a few days and the Navy screws up Hood Canal…..I  wonder why they didn’t put boom in place around an active fuel transfer, which I believe is the law. Or is it? Also, interesting to note from the earlier story, listed at the bottom, that the Navy dismissed first reports from Washington State Ecology people, that the spill was much larger than they wanted to admit. This is distressing in that the Navy is likely to be very much a lead entity in larger spills that they might cause.

Officials with the Navy, the state Department of Ecology, the Coast Guard and Jefferson County Public Health continued Thursday to monitor the possible effects on wildlife of a 2,000-gallon spill earlier this week of an oil and water mixture at Bangor naval base.  “We haven’t yet seen any oil attached to birds or beaches,” said Lisa Copeland, Ecology spills manager. “But we are watching the situation very carefully and are most concerned with the spill’s effect on wildlife and the environment.” After the spill, the state Department of Health issued a shellfish advisory for Hood Canal from Brown Point on the Toandos Peninsula to the Hood Canal Bridge. Charlie Bermant reports.


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Earlier report of the oil spill:


The Navy is blaming a failed pump for its spill of nearly 2,000 gallons of oily wastewater into Puget Sound.

Tom Danaher, spokesman for Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, said the Navy was using a pumping system on one of its piers to remove oily bilge water from a ship late Monday.


Judge rejects suit to halt dock addition at Trident base – Seattle Times

As this points out, what the military wants from an area once it is in, is pretty hard to stop. The expansion of the militarization of Puget Sound and Hood Canal continues. This expansion of the Trident base is in addition to the designation, without any feedback from our local politicians at either the city of Port Townsend or County Commissioners, of the entire area around Admiralty Inlet as a ‘training area’ for low flying helicopters and other Navy needs. Add to that the expansion of the Navy air base on Whidby Island, and the scene is set for us to have no way of effectively stopping more jet noise, low overflights by helicopters at all hours of day and night and greatly increased ship traffic. Let alone the understandable secrecy that the Navy brings to it’s efforts, so that even when we suspect something, like the incredible destruction of the shoreline well documented (and apologized for) by the Navy in Hood Canal a few years back, by one of it’s ships, we have to prove it before they even discuss it with us.

A federal judge in Tacoma has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to halt construction of a nuclear-missile handling wharf at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, clearing the way for the contested $650 million Pentagon project to proceed.

Kyung M. Song reports.


Hood Canal council OKs program to handle federal restoration money- Kitsap Sun

A mitigation program that could bring millions of federal dollars to restoration projects in Hood Canal was approved Friday by the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. If approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington Department of Ecology, the new program would first be used to compensate for environmental damage from the Navy’s $715-million explosives handling wharf to be built at Bangor.