Multiple Agencies Respond to Westport Marina Oil Spill
Responders continue working to:
Remove fuel from the water and minimize impacts to the environment.
Investigate the cause of the spill.
Identify important fish and wildlife habitat areas.
Observe and respond to potential shoreline and wildlife impacts.
Marina staff were alerted to the spill by nearby residents, who saw sheen on the water. Oil spilled to water spreads out quickly on the water’s surface and can cover many acres of water.
All oil spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size. Oil is toxic to the environment and the damage starts as soon as the oil hits water. A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water.
Boat owners and operators who spill oil can face monetary penalties for allowing oil to pollute state waters. Because petroleum products damage the environment and can threaten fish, shellfish, birds and critical habitat areas, spillers can also be held responsible for compensating Washington citizens for damage done to the public’s natural resources.