California Department of Fish and Wildlife

2004 News Releases

  1. State investigates oiled seabirds on central coast
    oiled seabirds on central coast - The State Department of Fish and Game’s pollution division, the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), is investigating wildlife injuries at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos. Since September 11, 2004, State Park Rangers and others have found 19 oiled cormorants and one common murre washed ashore near the pier. To date, only two of the 20 cormorants have survived and been returned to the wild.
  2. Gasoline spill at Pillar Point Harbor
    Gasoline spill at Pillar Point Harbor - The U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) are directing the clean-up of a gasoline spill that occurred at Pillar Point Harbor (in Half Moon Bay), last night. The source of the spill, estimated to be approximately 1,021 gallons, is an under-dock fuel line that connects a gasoline storage tank to a fuel dispenser on the dock.
  3. Fewer seabirds affected by Luckenbach oil
    Fewer seabirds affected by Luckenbach oil - The big storm that passed through central California the last week of February had more impact than usual on wildlife, but it would have been much worse, if the U.S. Coast Guard and California Dept. of Fish and Game hadn’t removed 100,000 gallons of oil from a sunken ship in 2002.
  4. Suisun Marsh Pipeline Spill Update
    PIPELINE SPILL UPDATE #7 - SUISUN CITY, Calif. – The U.S. Coast Guard, California Dept. of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP), continue activities in response to the diesel spill from a pipeline into Suisun Marsh, near Cordelia, California. The following applies to this incident:
  5. Suisun Marsh Pipeline Spill Update
    PIPELINE SPILL UPDATE #6 - SUISUN CITY, Calif. – The U.S. Coast Guard, California Dept. of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP), continue activities in response to the diesel spill from a pipeline into Suisun Marsh, near Cordelia, California. The following applies to this incident:
  6. Suisun Marsh Pipeline Spill Update
    PIPELINE SPILL UPDATE #5 - SUISUN CITY, Calif. – The Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) Concord to Sacramento pipeline resumed normal operations as of 2:30 p.m. PDT Sunday, May 2. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and California State Fire Marshal monitored the pipeline pressure test of the Concord to Sacramento pipeline following the installation of the new 50-foot long replacement section and approved the pipeline for operation.
  7. Suisun Marsh Pipeline Spill Update
    PIPELINE SPILL UPDATE #4 - SUISUN CITY, Calif. –Progress continues in the cleanup of the diesel spill from a pipeline into Suisun Marsh, under direction of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), California Dept. of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP). The latest information follows:
  8. SUISUN MARSH PIPELINE SPILL UPDATE
    PIPELINE SPILL UPDATE 2 - SUISUN CITY, Calif. -- The U.S. Coast Guard, the California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP) continue their unified response to a diesel spill into the Suisun Marsh from a breeched pipeline near Cordelia, Calif. The following facts apply to this incident:
  9. DIESEL OIL RELEASES INTO A TRIBUTARY OF SUISUN SLOUGH FROM UNDERGROUND PIPELINE
    DIESEL OIL RELEASES INTO A TRIBUTARY OF SUISUN SLOUGH - SUISUN CITY, Calif.-- The U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP) are responding to a release from KMP’s 14-inch Concord to Sacramento, Calif., pipeline. An unknown amount of diesel (a refined petroleum product) was released into the Suisun Marsh about five miles south of Fairfield at about 7 pm on April 27, 2004. There is no danger to the public, the pipeline has been shutdown and the release has been isolated.
  10. East Walker River oil spill settled
    East Walker River oil spill settled - The California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response (DFG-OSPR), the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Trustee agencies), and Advanced Fuel Filtration (AFF) have tentatively settled the case of the East Walker River oil spill. Final approval of the settlement by the United States is subject to a public notice and comment period of approximately 30 days.
  11. State Investigates Increased Mortality of California Sea Otters
    State Investigates Increased Mortality of California Sea Otters - MORRO BAY – The California Department of Fish and Game, in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Fish andWildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Health Services (CDHS), The MarineMammal Center (TMMC), UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis is responding to a spike of Californiasea otter mortality which appears to be centered in the vicinity of Morro Bay along the centralcoast of California. More than 20 live or dead stranded sea otters have been recovered from thisregion over the past week – about 1 percent of the wild population. The cause of this mortality event is under investigation, but is currently unknown.