The Coast Guard oversaw the removal of nearly 3,000 gallons of oily water from the bilges of a 1940s-era crane barge this past weekend near Goble. Two men leasing the site from the Oregon Department of State Lands for business purposes were evicted and given until the end of May to remove their property.
A statement from Coast Guard said the removal of oily water from the Amazon, a 170-foot crane barge, was a preemptive measure taken to prevent possible environmental damage to the Columbia River. A Captain of the Port Order was issued to the vessel in March of 2017. There are also safety concerns regarding exposed asbestos on board.
The site has grown to be a concern for the Coast Guard and multiple agencies from the State of Oregon because of the environmental impact vessels and other materials at the site have or could have to the sensitive Columbia River ecosystem.
Representatives from the Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team, Coast Guard Marine Environmental Detachment Portland, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Oregon National Response Corporation conducted a site assessment and hazard categorization at the submerged land lease site during May 9-10.
Personnel from the Coast Guard’s Columbia River Incident Management Division opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to remove the oily water upon a recommendation from the Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team.
National Response Coordination Environmental Services contractors pumped out 1,800 gallons of the oily-water mixture this past Friday, and another 1,100 gallons on Saturday, from bilges, ballast tanks, fuel tanks, aft and forward spaces, and above and below deck plates.…