Cleanup efforts end after Richmond Chevron refinery leak

RICHMOND — Cleanup and recovery efforts in the wake of a Richmond Chevron refinery leak earlier this month have come to a close, authorities said Tuesday.

RICHMOND, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Keller Beach at the Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline remains closed due to yesterday’s oil spill at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. About a hundred gallons of a mixture of recovered oil and gasoline leaked from a pipeline at the Chevron Long Wharf on Tuesday. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) 

In a statement, a unified command group said cleanup and assessment teams found no trace of oil sheen on waters or the shoreline near the refinery within the last 48 hours.

The group, made up of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Coast Guard, Contra Costa Health Services and Chevron, had responded to the Feb. 9 leak that sent an estimated 500 to 750 gallons of “diesel/water flush mix […] discharged from a quarter-inch hole in a pipe used to return a variety of excess oils and products to the refinery for reprocessing.”

Immediately after the leak, observers saw sheen and residue on nearby beaches and the East Bay Regional Park Department staff closed its Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline for several days afterward.

But crews had seen no signs of oil sheen on open bay waters since Feb. 12, and no sign of impacted wildlife during their incident response.

Trace sheen amounts seen in standing water led state officials to collect samples of water, sediment and mussels, but lab results are still pending, according to the statement at recoveredoillineleak.com.

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Unified Command has concluded cleanup & recovery efforts in Richmond area after no sheen had been observed since Friday. Joint agency command had led response to Feb. 9 spill @ Chevron Richmond Refinery. More @ https://t.co/Wm6q7BsFH0 pic.twitter.com/SpZUzRBu6r

— CDFW Spill Prevention & Response (@CalSpillWatch) February 24, 2021

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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