Published on 4/28/2007 on Press-Telegram
New estimate says 15 barrels leaked from pipeline.
LONG BEACH – Cleanup crews continue to work after roughly 100 gallons of crude oil spilled into harbor waters Friday morning, authorities said.
"We're not going to stop until we get it all," said Coast Guard Lt. P.J. Jacquelin.
A dockworker first noticed a petroleum sheen in an area frequented by charter boats about 8 a.m. near Berth 55 on Pier C.
The current estimate is that about 15 barrels of oil leaked, most of which didn't reach the water, Jacquelin said. A barrel of crude oil contains about 42 gallons.
The source of the spill was reported to be a deteriorated pipeline used by Paramount Petroleum Inc.
The company has assumed financial responsibility for cleaning up the oil, but under the Federal Water Pollution Act, assumption of financial responsibility is not an admission of fault.
Paramount Petroleum Inc. has yet to estimate the costs of the cleanup, said company spokesman Ron Mateas.
No obvious signs of harm to birds or sea life were reported late Friday, said Capt. Paul Hamdorf of the California Department of Fish and Game.
"There's a possibility there's an impact we're not seeing," Hamdorf said, adding that officials will continue to monitor wildlife throughout the cleanup.
– Hanna Chu