Two oil spills in Anacortes not related

Two oil spills in Anacortes not related


KGMI News reporting, AP News
By Tracy Ellis

ANACORTES, Wash. – Two oil spills reported in Anacortes are not related.

A hose failure at the Shell Puget Sound refinery in Anacortes caused 6,300 gallons of oil to spill.

An oil sheen was also reported on the water west of the refinery near Shannon Point on the same day.

The Washington State Department of Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard say the two incidents are not related and the spill at Shell was contained on the refinery’s property.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports that the source of the sheen on the water has been more difficult to pinpoint.

The Coast Guard says a diesel spill was reported in the area, but the amount lost was unknown.

They believe the spill came from a nearby marina.

An Ecology spokesperson says, “Spills happen every single day.”


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