READER PHOTOS: Oil/Fuel Spill Spotted Off Burien Shoreline
On Friday, Nov. 26th Burien resident Wayne Sykes sent us the above photos and following email about an oil spill that he spotted off of Burien’s shoreline, west of SW 152nd:
Appears to be a small fuel slick off Burien, west of SW 152nd, rainbow sheen on water with fuel oil smell in air at about 11:30 AM.
After we responded to his email, he sent us the following on Saturday:
I smelled the oil as I was leaving, so called it in to NRC (the National Response Center, a federal agency that handles oil spill reports) who notified Coast Guard. Do not know if any agency ever responded; they called my house asking for updates after I left, so probably no agency spent the budget to followup. Probably too “small” to warrant any response, and with wind and waves was long gone by the time I returned.
…seems to be a “light” petrol product. Other neighbors have reported the spill to WA Ecology. Coast Guard supposed to send an investigator today (Saturday, Nov. 27th). Supposedly a spill was reported in Tacoma area also today.
Saw an otter frantically jumping out of water just past spill area a few minutes ago. But did not have camera ready. Otters live in the bulkheads along this stretch (large boulders do provide habitat for some water creatures).
Here’s what we know:
- Because this spill is in Puget Sound, it is out of the jurisdiction of the city of Burien.
- It appears that this is now a state issue, specifically with the State Department of Ecology.
- We sent an inquiry to a representative from Ecology, but have not yet heard back, most likely because it’s a holiday weekend.
As we learn more about this, we’ll update the blog so check back often.