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Oil sheen no longer observed, new wrap installed

After an initial report Saturday morning of an oil sheen in the vicinity of the early October pipeline incident, on-water and aerial assets have observed no additional oil sheen.

Saturday, crews who were scheduled to conduct work on the pipeline observed and reported a sheen estimated at 30 feet by 70 feet in size. Divers conducting planned assessments of the pipeline discovered small oil droplets near the damaged area following the sheen observation.

The previously used syntho-glass wrap was replaced.

The Unified Command deployed pollution responders and oil spill response organization assets to respond and assess if the reported sheen was related to the pipeline. As of sunset Saturday evening, there was no sheen observed by on-water or aerial assets.

An on-water recovery vessel will remain in the vicinity of the pipeline overnight for monitoring.

The pipeline remains shut down since the initial incident on October 2.

“While there have been no further observations of oil droplets after the wrap was replaced and no further observations of sheen since the initial report this morning, we continue to monitor the site,” said Coast Guard Capt. Rebecca Ore, the Captain of the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. “The Unified Command remains committed to our community and the environment.”

An additional overflight of the area will be conducted Sunday morning as soon as weather conditions permit.

For more information or to report located tar balls, visit www.SoCalSpillResponse.com/tarballs.

To report oiled wildlife, call 1-877-823-6926.

For updates on the fisheries closures, visit www.SoCalSpillResponse.com/fisheries-closure.

The investigation regarding the cause of the spill continues. A press release issued October 16, 2021 can be found here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2f7d652.

This article was released by the Southern California Spill Response.