Archieved page: © 2001 Environmental Legal Information Systems (ELIS). All rights reserved. The information contained in this site is for demonstration and educational purposes, and while every effort has been made to simulate a potential real response to an oil spill, the storyline is not based on actual events. Developed by Kenneth J. Markowitz for the 2nd International Symposium on Digital Earth, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (June 25, 2001). The external links on this page may no longer be functional.

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Tanker Crash Threatens Chesapeake Area
15,000 barrels of crude oil lost to storm
By ELIS
January 25, 2001

During last night’s winter storm, a tugboat crashed into an oil tanker off the coast of Piney Point, Maryland.  The continuing severe weather has impeded cleanup efforts, and it is currently estimated that 15,000 barrels of heavy fuel oil have leaked into the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Potomac River.  Go to Article.


Image courtesy of Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Full Response in Effect
After receiving notification from the National Response System, the Coast Guard arrived at the area of the spill. The already complex response efforts were compounded by the severe weather and unpredictable wave motion. The ship's Vessel Response Plan (VRP) outlines procedures for a coordinated response effort.

The Baltimore Area Contingency Plan and the Inland Area Contingency Plan require that the response to this spill is coordinated by the Federal On-Scene Coordinator (OSC), in this case the Coast Guard OSC, Captain Roger Peoples. More on Legal Requirements.

The command team includes representatives from the USCG, EPA, state representatives, community groups and contractors. More on the Stakeholders.

Sensitive Chesapeake Bay Resources Threatened
The coastline and waters surrounding the town of Piney Point are home to numerous coastal flora and fauna, including new reef habitat areas, sensitive marshlands, nursery-ground seagrass beds, and seabird breeding grounds. View the ELIS Map Creator or the Digital Earth Map Viewer for interactive tools to manage the response or Ecosystem Background for more information on the potential impacts to the Bay environment from petroleum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2001 Environmental Legal Information Systems (ELIS). All rights reserved. The information contained in this site is for demonstration and educational purposes, and while every effort has been made to simulate a potential real response to an oil spill, the storyline is not based on actual events. Kenneth J. Markowitz, 2nd International Symposium on Digital Earth, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (June 25, 2001).

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ASTER image of Piney Point Maryland and surrounding area.

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