Chevron Refinery Pipeline Fuel Oil Spill

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Also Known As

None

Incident Type

Oil

State

Hawaii

Case Status

Restoration

Location

Waiau Marsh and Pearl Harbor, Oahu

Authority

OPA

Contaminants of Concern Include

Oil

Affected DOI Resources Include

DOI Managed Lands, Migratory Birds, Threatened and Endangered Species

Financial Summary

Restoration Funds Collected:

$1,572,953.74

*Restoration Funds Allocated:

$1,000,000.00

*Restoration Funds Remaining:

($145,961.31)

* Restoration Funds can contain multiple settlements/projects. All collections are placed in interest bearing accounts. For detailed information on individual settlements/ projects please visit: NRDAR Status Report

Case Description

At 1:30 a.m. on May 14, 1996, a Chevron Products Company (Chevron) pipeline ruptured at a thin spot caused by external erosion and began discharging No.6 bunker fuel oil adjacent to the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) Waiau Power Plant in Pearl City, Oahu, Hawaii. The released oil entered the nearby Waiau Stream, flowed downstream and entered East Loch of Pearl Harbor. While in the fresh water of Waiau Stream, the oil remained mostly submerged and then floated to the surface upon entering the denser salt water of Pearl Harbor. In Pearl Harbor, the floating oil initially flowed clockwise down the South Channel. Later that same day, when the winds and current shifted, the oil spread widely around East Loch and began moving down both the South and North Channels and fouling shorelines.

Credit: NPS


Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Agreement

 MOA/MOU Cooperative Agreement 09/17/1996

Assessment

 Study Report Spectral Imagery Report 02/25/1997

Settlement

 Consent Decree Consent Decree (partial) 09/13/1999

Restoration

 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 11/01/1999

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Case Contact

Pacific islands Fish and Wildlife Office

Honolulu, HI | (808) 792-9400 | http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/

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