Tinicum Crude Oil Spill

AO Bureau

Also Known As

Sunoco Inc. Pipeline Crude Oil Spill

Incident Type




Case Status



Darby Creek, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, DOI Managed Lands, Recreational Use Loss

Case Description

On February 5th, 2000 a 192,000 gallon oil spill occurred on the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum (Refuge). One of five Sunoco pipelines located under the eastern end of the Refuge developed a three-inch crack and seeped oil into important habitat for migratory birds, fish and reptiles.

The Refuge, located in Philadelphia and Delaware counties, contains the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetland area in Pennsylvania. The 1000-acre refuge is the habitat of many species of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles, including the State-listed, threatened red-bellied turtle and endangered coastal plain leopard frog.

Credit: USFWS

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 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Factsheet Fact Sheet 2009 08/01/2009
 Factsheet Fact Sheet 2011 06/01/2011


 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 01/01/2006


 Consent Decree Consent Decree  

No publications have been entered for this case.

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Case Contact

Pennsylvania Ecological Services Field Office

State College, PA | (814) 234-4090 | http://www.fws.gov/northeast/pafo/

Associated Restoration Projects

Case Trustees

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