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UPDATE #4 - Dickinson Bayou Spill

January 21, 2018 – 7:00 pm

Environmental response teams continue the clean up on Dickinson Bayou.  Significant progress was made during the day.  The material has been isolated to three separate locations along the bayou.   Barrier booms and containment booms remain in the water as part of the cleanup.  Cleanup will continue throughout the night.  Dickinson Bayou will remain closed to waterway traffic to provide the response teams the best possible environment to work with. 



Update #3

January 20, 2018

Clean up operations will continue into Sunday, January 21.   Dickinson Bayou will remain closed unitl further notice. 

Response teams have placed containment booms on the east and west side of the spill area.  The containment booms are located to the east of the Calumet Penreco plant and near Paul Hopkins Park.  These solid containment booms have been placed completely across the bayou, from the north shore to the south shore.  Because of the booms, watercraft traffic along the bayou is impassable.  

At this time, there is not an accurate estimate of the time the cleanup will take or how long the bayou will be closed.  


Update #2

January 20, 2018 - 3:15pm

Dickinson Bayou will remain closed to boating and pleasure craft traffic for the remainder of the day while cleanup continues.  

Calumet Dickinson Refining has brought in two separate environmental response companies to expedite the cleanup of product in Dickinson Bayou.   Cleanup is estimated to take less than one day, depending on weather and wind conditions.  

The product is a mixture of oily water, sulfonate solution, and emulsifiers used to lubricate drill bits and act as a rust inhibitor.   The product overflowed from a catch reservoir at a slop oil tank.   Less than 250 gallons of product was lost.  Once company officials were aware of the leak, additional employees were brought in and the company began immediate containment operations prior to the environmental response company’s arrival.   Company officials have been working closely with local and state officials.  The product will not mix with the water or sink to the bottom of the bayou, which will help with cleanup efforts.  

Calumet Dickinson Refining produces food grade and pharmaceutical grade mineral oil in the portion of the plant where the leak occurred.  

Activity along the bayou will continued to be prohibited to prevent the interference with containment and cleanup of the bayou until further notice.   Texas Parks and Wildlife representatives were also at the scene monitoring the situation.   Traffic along Dickinson Bayou is expected to be able to resume on Sunday, January 21, 2018.  

This will be the final update, unless conditions change or cleanup is delayed. 



Update #1

January 20, 2018  - 12:45pm

The source of the substance has been determined as Calumet-Penreco, a processing plant located along Dickinson Bayou in the 4400 block of Park Ave. 

Calumet-Penreco officials have identified the substance as a sulfonate solution, which is an intermediate product produced at the plant.  Calumet-Penreco officials have indicated the product is non-flammable, non-corrosive, and non-hazardous.   The accidental release is reportedly a result of a damage valve due to the freezing temperatures earlier in the week.  

An independent third party environmental testing group is in route to the location for analysis of the substance and environment.   Additionally, Calumet-Penreco will have an environmental cleanup company in route. 

A shift in the wind from the south has helped the containment of the product by pushing most of the product to the north side of the bayou.   The majority of the product is contained within floating booms deployed by the Dickinson Fire Department, and is within a mile of the Dickinson Bayou Boat Ramp at State Highway 3. 

Dickinson Emergency Management, Galveston County Emergency Management, Dickinson Fire Department, US Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office, along with Calumet-Penreco officials will remain on the scene until all testing and cleanup is completed.  

Activity along the bayou will continued to be prohibited to prevent the interference with containment and cleanup of the bayou until further notice.  

 

 

Tim J. Cromie
Sergeant / Public Information Officer

Criminal Investigation Division
Dickinson Police Department

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