HAZMAT Incidents / Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 @ 10:42 a.m.

Petroleum Incident in Eureka

A new hazardous materials incident involving petroleum has been reported to the California Office of Emergency Services.

According to a report published by the office, the incident took place at or near a ship/harbor/port in Eureka at around 8:30 p.m. yesterday.

More than one Pt.(s) of a substance described as “engine oil” was released to the environment, according to the person who called in the report.

Here’s the description of the incident that was recorded by the Office of Emergency Services:

Reporting party states that the warden at a dock noticed the fishing vessel Terron off-loading crabs. While offloading the crabs they noticed a line blew on the vessel and spilled engine oil into the crabs. While pumping the engine oil out of the containment of the crabs, less than 1 pint of engine oil spilled into Humboldt Bay. RP mopped the spill with pads containing 80 percent of the product. The crabs are being dealt with by fish and game. RP will provide updates if anything changes.

This was the third hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the Eureka area this year and the sixth petroleum spill in the county overall.

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