South Maury Island Environmental Issues - Oil Spills

Oil Spills

Another pressing environmental concern South Maury Island faces is oil spills. Although they are not directly related to the Glacier Northwest mining controversy, oil spills add to the sensitivity of the area as an aquatic reserve. On October 14, 2004, an oil spill occurred in the Dalco Passage at around 1 AM. An estimated 1,000 gallons spilled into the waterways surrounding Vashon/Maury Island. The source of the oil was initially unknown, but tests carried out by the Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology determined that the source was the Polar Texas oil tanker owned by ConocoPhillips. (Washington State Department of Ecology Web Page: Dalco Passage Spill)

Though recent spills have been minor, there is concern that Washington does not have the capacity to respond to a big oil spill in the future, which would devastate the environment and have significant impacts on the surrounding community, wildlife, and fisheries. Efforts are being made to strengthen the community, State, and Coast Guard partnership in preventing and responding to oil spills effectively. Washington is also working to improve Tug Escorts for loaded tankers, enhance oil spill contingency plans, and remedy environmental damage already cased by oil spills. (Washington State Department of Ecology Web Page: Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response)

One of the more recent oil spills occurred on January 28, 2005. Ecology officials estimated that “hundreds of gallons” contaminated the Dalco Passage off Vashon/Maury Island. The cause of the spill is still unknown, even after the Coast Guard and Department of Ecology collected oil samples in an effort to identify the source (People for Puget Sound article on Jan. 2005 oil spill).

In dealing with significant oil spills, the Washington State Department of Ecology works with other organizations to assess the damage done in monetary value, and, if possible, seeks compensation from the responsible party(s). The State Department of Ecology then works with other organizations, using the money to mitigate the oil spill, to restore and protect priority wildlife habitats (Washington State Spill Prevention/Response page).

Read more about this topic:  South Maury Island Environmental Issues

Other articles related to "oil spills, oil spill, oil":

Maritime History Of The United Kingdom - Energy - Oil Spills
... There have been a number of major oil spills around the coast of Britain ... The wreck of the Torrey Canyon in March 1967 resulted in the first major oil spill ... The ship was bombed to break it up and detergent used to disperse the 700 km² oil slick ...
Oil Tanker - Pollution
... Oil spills have devastating effects on the environment ... Crude oil contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are very difficult to clean up, and last for years in the sediment and marine environment ... By the sheer amount of oil carried, modern oil tankers must be considered a threat to the environment ...
Paraíso, Tabasco - Economy
... Oil spills and red tide have led to closure of fishing areas ... Oil drilling is mostly done in two fields Puerto Ceiba Mesozoico and Puerto Ceiba Terciario, each with two wells ... Oil spills both on land and in the ocean have been problematic not only for fishing but for tourism as well ...
Sea Otter Conservation - Conservation Issues
... The IUCN describes the significant threats to sea otters as oil pollution, predation by orcas, poaching, and conflicts with fisheries ... The most significant threat to sea otters is oil spills ... When their fur is soaked with oil, it loses its ability to retain air, and the animal quickly dies from hypothermia ...

Famous quotes containing the words spills and/or oil:

    The naturalistic literature of this country has reached such a state that no family of characters is considered true to life which does not include at least two hypochondriacs, one sadist, and one old man who spills food down the front of his vest.
    Robert Benchley (1889–1945)

    Opinions are to the vast apparatus of social existence what oil is to machines: one does not go up to a turbine and pour machine oil over it; one applies a little to hidden spindles and joints that one has to know.
    Walter Benjamin (1892–1940)