Ecology and Coast Guard Continue Monitoring Grounded Boat Near Willapa Bay

The high-energy surf and other weather conditions caused the oil that did spill to dissipate quickly.


Responders inspected inside Willapa Bay from the shore side and did not observe any oil.

Light sheen was observed on the beach near the vessel Monday, Jan. 28, but no sheen has been observed on the beach today by the salvage contractor.

Ecology and the Coast Guard continue to actively monitor the Genesis A salvage operation by local company Hill and Son Excavating Inc.

Ballard Diving and Salvage, the oil spill response contractor hired by the responsible party, has demobilized.

On Friday, Jan. 25, the Coast Guard rescued four people and their dog from the vessel about 3:37 a.m. after it ran aground. No medical attention was needed.

The Coast Guard is the lead agency investigating the cause of the grounding.

All oil spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size. Oil is toxic to the environment and the damage starts as soon as the oil enters water. A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water.

Prompt reporting of oil spills is important because the sooner responders are notified, the sooner they can work to remove this toxic pollutant from the environment. Oil spills can be reported to 1-800-OILS-911.