USCG Vessel Accidentally Discharges 500 Gallons Of Diesel Fuel Near Fort Bragg

The United States Coast Guard recently stated that one of its vessels accidentally discharged roughly 500 gallons of diesel fuel about 30 miles off Fort Bragg, California.

The incident occurred when the vessel was traveling to Humboldt Bay. The 225-foot buoy tender vessel is part of the Juniper class and is based in San Francisco.

The Incident Management Division of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco has informed interagency stakeholders and initiating an inquiry into the cause of the oil spill.

They are conducting assessments to determine potential impacts on sensitive areas. Fortunately, no projected coastline impacts exist.

Affected aquatic birds have been retrieved, and approximately 1,050 pounds of sand, tar balls, and oily waste were cleared from the beach.

The prompt action taken by the Coast Guard highlights the value of proactive environmental stewardship.