Glassy River OIl Spill

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Just prior to 6:00 p.m. on Jan. 14, 2019, Anytown Fire reported a large mystery sheen on the Glassy River, just south of its city center. A strong diesel odor was reported in the area as well. The source of the sheen and the odor are unknown. A response is currently under way.

Summary information

Date of incident: January 11, 2019 -
Location: Anytown, Washington. Pierce County. (map)
Type of incident: Mystery spill.
Cause of incident: Unknown
Responsible party: Unknown
Oil sheen on river.

Oil on river two miles west of Anytown.

Status updates

Jan. 15, 2019 update

Just prior to 6 p.m. on Jan 14, 2019, Anytown Fire reported a large mystery sheen on the Glassy River, just south of the Anytown city center. A strong diesel odor was also reported.

The source of the sheen and the odor are unknown.

We arrived to the scene at  6 a.m. Jan. 15 to do shore-side assessment and to help determine the source.
West County PUD joined us to put boats on the water then to begin on-water observations and to continue work identifying a source. Anytown PUD's boat has left the scene.

An oil sheen remained in the river, approximately 20 feet from the west shoreline, between Main and Broad Streets in Anytown. The continuous sheen spreads to approximately 10 feet wide, and extends approximately 2 miles down river. Responders are reporting a diesel odor in the area.

There have been no observations of wildlife directly impacted by oil.

A Unified Command has been formed with representatives from Ecology, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and West County Emergency Management, who are supported by a number of other federal, state, and local agencies. The Washington State Patrol, City of Anytown, and West County County Fire District 1 have also provided on-scene resources to support the spill.

Ecology has mobilized eight Response Team members to:
  • Investigate the source of the oil.
  • Attempt to contain and recover the leaking oil.
  • Protect sensitive environmental, cultural, and economic resources.
  • Assess shoreline impacts.
  • Determine if wildlife impacts have occurred.
  • Keep the public informed.
Ecology continues to inspect the shoreline to determine the source of the sheen.
 

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Media contact

Sandy Howard, Communications Manager, sandy.howard@ecy.wa.gov, 360-407-6990, @@EcologyWA