Petroleum Spill in Humboldt Bay
Pontoons are containing the oil spill which is next to the boat ramp at Englund Marine. [Photo provided by a reader]
A little before 3 p.m., the Mary Stewart, a vessel, accidentally released petroleum into Humboldt Bay, according to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Hazardous Materials Spill Report. It stated that the Mary Stewart’s “automatic bilge pump came on and released material into the marina.” The amount released is unknown but it resulted in a 100 x 300 foot oil sheen on the Bay.
According to the Report, “The release is stopped and contained…Clean up is being conducted by harbor staff…Booms have been deployed for containment efforts.”
A reader tells us that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is monitoring the situation.