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Apex Houston Oil Spill
- LOCATION: Offshore Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties.
- DATE: January 28, 1986 to February 4, 1986
- INCIDENT SUMMARY: The tank barge Apex Houston lost a hatch cover while being towed from the Shell Oil refinery in Martinez to Long Beach, spilling an estimated 25,800 gallons of crude oil.
- RESPONSIBLE PARTY: E.A. Viner International Co., Inc.
- NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES: California Department of Fish and Wildlife, United States Fish and WildlifeService, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- RESOURCES IMPACTED: Birds (8,978 estimated killed, including 6,287 Common Murres)
- SETTLEMENT DETAILS: The trustees settled the case for $5.4 million. $4.9 million was allocated to Common Murre recolonization, while $500,000 was allocated to acquisition of old growth redwoods for protection of Marbled Murrelets.
- STATUS OF RESTORATION: Restoration projects completed.
Page Last Updated: December 10, 2012