U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Himes, a spokesman for the removal management team, said crews tried again to lift that section on Monday, and oil leaked from it again. They lowered the section back into the water and collected the oil that they could, though more did escape. Himes said Monday’s discharge was smaller than the amount that leaked over the weekend.
Removal crews have a plan to lift the section again that will hopefully limit how much more oil gets out, Himes said.
“What we have seen in the last two days would characterize what we would call a worst-case scenario,” he said.
He said the oil appears to have collected in a ballast tank in the wrecked ship.
Himes says it could take several days to finish the cleanup. As many as 30 boats are collecting oil in the water, and 70 people are working on the shoreline.
A shoreline clean-up team uses hand tools to gather oiled sand for removal from a section of beach near Wylie Street public beach access on Sunday.
Clean-up teams filled several bags of oiled sand near Wylie Street public beach access point on Sunday prior to transporting them to a response decontamination facility where they will be weighed and contained for disposal.
A response vessel crew removes oil from a Current Buster attached to the east apex of the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) on Sunday. The oil will be transported to a response facility for safe processing and recycling.