long beach : navy crews mop up fuel oil spill in harbor - water absorbent pads
Officials said the Navy crew continued to work in the Port of Long Beach on Thursday, cleaning up traces of about 5,000 gallons of fuel oil leaked by a retired frigate last weekend.
When Brunton's fuel system was flushed at the Long Beach Navy shipyard on Sunday, the fuel leaked to the port.
A Navy spokesman said the reason for the leak was the improper arrangement of the valves.
Naval Staff use oil grids, oil dispensers and absorption pads to control the leakage and remove fuel oil from the water and rocks in the industrial zone.
Helen Carr, director of the State Department's Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the clean-up, said about 2,000 gallons of fuel oil were recovered.
Most of the remaining fuel oil will be dispersed and the rest will evaporate, she said.
About 12 birds were covered in the fuel section but none died.
Fish and Game biologists are working on a nearby clam bed to determine if it has been affected, she said.