VIDEO: Second oil sheen found on water in San Pablo Bay



VALLEJO (KRON) — The Cost Guard is reporting there are two oil sheens on the water in the area of where a mysterious odor prompted shelter-in-place orders in Vallejo on Tuesday night, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

The sheens are located near the Phillips 66 Rodeo Refinery and northern San Pablo Bay.

A tanker was berthed at the marine terminal at the time and operations were temporarily shut down, company spokesman Dennis Nuss.

“The exact volume of the material released is still being determined, and the cause of the incident is under investigation,” Nuss said in an email.

A 40-yard-wide sheen on the water was reported in the San Pablo Bay Wednesday morning. A second sheen was found during a Coast Guard overflight.

“Several vessels and skimmers are on scene conducting containment and cleanup operations and 1,000-feet of boom has been placed on the water surrounding the refinery. No oiled wildlife has been observed at this time,” the Coast Guard said in a press release.

No wildlife affected by the sheen have been spotted at this time, officials said.

At 8 a.m., the first sheen was discovered at the Phillips 66 Rodeo Refinery Marine Terminal located at 1380 San Pablo Avenue, Rodeo. At the time, a tanker was berthed at the marine terminal.

The first oil sheen is a mile-long,  according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The refinery immediately responded to the incident and notified the National Response Center and the United States Coast Guard. Operations have been temporarily shut down.

California Fish and Wildlife are there and working to protect wildlife nearby and establishing a team to assess the oil sheens.

The exact volume of material released is still being determined, and the cause of the incident is under investigation, according to officials with the refinery.

So far, no injuries have been associated with the release and there is no anticipated health impact to the community, officials said.

A Coast Guard helicopter reported the sheen on the water in north San Pablo Bay around 7:30 a.m., Coast Guard Lt. Steven Dross said.

At 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, residents began smelling a strong odor in the city’s Glen Cove and Beverly Hills Park neighborhoods.

By 10 p.m., more than 800 calls had been received by dispatch and a number of residents went to the hospital.

A shelter-in-place order was issued for the area but was lifted at 6:28 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The sheens caused a massive Ferry delay in Vallejo as the terminal was shut down until 8 a.m.

It is unknown if the sheens are connected to the strange odor in Vallejo.

Phillips 66 officials did not explicitly say the oil spill is suspected of causing a mysterious odor that sickened many Vallejo residents Tuesday night.

The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been opened for $25,000.

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