A tank barge carrying more than 4 million gallons of No. 6 fuel oil grounded at the entrance to Buzzards Bay.  The resulting spill of approximately 100,000 gallons was the second largest spill in Buzzards Bay history, with more than 93 miles of coastline affected.  Buzzards Bay is heavily used for commercial and recreational purposes, and portions of Buzzards Bay are sensitive habitat for threatened or endangered species.  As with any marine oil spill of this size, the response involved the coordinated efforts and resources of federal, state, local, and private agencies.  However, unlike spills in other jurisdictions, oil spill response and cleanup in Massachusetts utilizes a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) to ensure compliance with Massachusetts cleanup regulations.  This presentation will discuss the spill itself, the transition of the spill response from the emergency cleanup directed by Unified Command to LSP-directed comprehensive response actions, development of clean-up approaches, challenges in defining “significant risk to public welfare” and public involvement issues during the spill response.

Presented at “The 25th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy”, University of Massachusetts, 2009

Presenting Authors:

Richard F. Packard, MassDEP, Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program, 973 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis, MA. 02601, USA

Kevin D. Trainer, C.P.G., P.G., LSP, GeoInsight, Inc., 5 Lan Drive, Suite 200, Westford, MA  01886 USA

Richard J. Wozmak, P.E., P.H., LSP, LEP, EnviroLogic, LLC, 25 Buttrick Road, Unit D-2, Londonderry, NH 03053, USA