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Boom contains an oil sheen around a pier near the Cannery Pier Hotel in downtown Astoria, Oregon, Jan. 21, 2018.  Coast Guard Sector Columbia River’s Incident Management Division (IMD) team from Astoria conducted oil testing on impacted areas, which came back negative for contaminants. 
 U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Columbia River aircrew.

UPDATED- Coast Guard and local salvage personnel discovered the potential source of the oil sheen and are working to minimize environmental impacts on the Columbia River near Astoria, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River’s Incident Management Division (IMD) team from Astoria are working with Global Diving and Salvage personnel, who located a 20-foot-long tank underneath the Cannery Pier.

While the tank has a reported maximum spill potential of 4,200 gallons, it’s unknown at this time how much product has been discharged.

 

Sector Columbia River dispatched personnel from the Incident Management Division in Astoria to respond to the spill at 8:30 a.m. after opening the Oil Spill Liability Trust fund to contract Global Diving and Salvage for cleanup operations and to investigate the source of the sheen.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River initially received a call at 2 p.m.Thursday, reporting a small sheen near the hotel. Friday morning, a Port of Astoria security officer reported significant sheening at Piers 1 and 2 and then the third call from a private source reported sheening in Hammond.

Due to hazardous conditions on Thursday night, dive operations were deemed unsafe and were postponed until Friday morning. At noon on Friday, those operations were completed and the location of the discharge was not located.



The sheen in each of these areas has reportedly spread from a potential originating source located near the hotel and due to the tidal cycle, has been spread up and down the river for nearly five miles.

Containment boom was placed around the pier at the hotel and around the West End Mooring basin, where a Global Environmental team is conducting clean up of the sheen within the marina.

The IMD Astoria team responded to the report of sheening east of the Hammond Mooring Basin and will monitor the area until a response cleanup crew can arrive at the location.

"Sector Columbia River's IMD personnel contracted the Global dive team to investigate a potential discharge point this morning with negative results,” said Coast Guard Lt. Berit Boyle, a member of IMD Astoria. “City of Astoria personnel are checking outfall points to determine if any oils are coming from those locations."

The IMD team is in contact with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Port of Astoria.

"The source of the sheen is believed to have originated from the pier that used to serve the Union Fisherman Cooperative," said Lt. Cmdr. Madjeska, Chief of IMD Astoria. "We've placed a boom around locations with the greatest amount of sheen and are also taking oil samples to aid in the investigation."

A flyover was completed at 12:15 p.m., which located the sheen east of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Coast Guard personnel are also conducting a shoreline cleanup assessment to determine needs for that area.

 

Astoria City Councilor Bruce Jones represents the Uppertown neighborhood where these fires have neighbors on edge, some spending sleepless nights worried that they may be next in what appears to be a string of fires purposefully set although it's not immediately clear that every fire was arson caused at this point.

A Coast Guard aircrew rescued three men after they became stranded by the rising tide at Indian Beach, Wednesday.

The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River safely hoisted the men and transported them to Cannon Beach Fire Department personnel waiting on shore.

Sector watchstanders received a report from Seaside 911 dispatchers with a request for assistance at 12:20 p.m. after the three men, who were fishing in tide pools, became stranded due to high tide.

There were no reported injuries at the time of the rescue.

The Coast Guard rescued a man who was stranded by a high tide at Hug Point near Cannon Beach, Sunday afternoon.

 

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returned home to Astoria on Dec. 24 following a 50-day counterdrug patrol in the Eastern Pacific.

The Steadfast crew patrolled international waters off the coasts of Mexico and Central America, disrupting Transnational Organized Crime networks through joint interagency counterdrug operations.

Steadfast crewmembers interdicted five separate vessels engaged in suspected illegal drug smuggling. During the patrol crewmembers detected and boarded a low profile vessel, a custom fabricated boat specifically built to evade law enforcement. The five interdictions resulted in a total seizure of approximately 12,000 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $180 million wholesale.

The Astoria Public Works Department remains an effective team of professionals with the announcement of two moves to promote from within the department responsible for a boatload of projects in the city.

 

Opening day for the Dungeness Crab season is next Monday, January 15th. At long last, the boats will be going out preparing to drop crab pots on Friday during a pre-soak period through the weekend.

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called on their colleagues to include funding for coastal communities damaged by fisheries disasters as part of any disaster relief package that moves through Congress.  

In the letter, the senators noted that as of this month, Congress has yet to address nine fisheries disasters, with several other disasters pending official declaration. The senators urged swift action to provide emergency funding to communities that depend on resilient, sustainable, and healthy fisheries, highlighting how important the industry is to local economies and native communities.

The Dennis Company isn't going anywhere and the name will stay the same but the family that started the business in 1905 with continuous ownership through four generations won't be a part of it going forward.

Company President Brent Dennis has announced that he and his brother Randy have closed a deal to sell the company and it's five locations to Westlake Ace Hardware.

 

Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Seaside Police Department with the help of Cannon Beach Police Department executed a search warrant at an apartment complex in the city of Seaside. Richard Paul Vogelsang (42) was found in possession of approximately 22 grams of Methamphetamine, approximately 1000.00 dollars in US currency, digital scales, packaging material and a firearm. Vogelsang was detained on a Probation Violation and transported to the Clatsop County Jail.  Five more people were arrested on various charges.

Astoria Dispatcher Melanie Kinney received a Notice of Recognition from Police Chief Geoff Spalding at yesterdays command staff meeting. Dispatcher Kinney was cited for superior performance of duties for her work involving a multi-agency pursuit and arrest of a suspect. 

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