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Sunoco Pipeline Release at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge: Response & Restoration. Presented to: Regional Response Team III by: Tom Crawford, Sunoco Logistics Chris Pfeifer, ENTRIX Carousel Resort Hotel Ocean City, MD May 24, 2006. Part I: Response Activities.

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sunoco pipeline release at john heinz national wildlife refuge response restoration

Sunoco Pipeline Release at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge:Response & Restoration

Presented to:

Regional Response Team III

by:

Tom Crawford, Sunoco Logistics

Chris Pfeifer, ENTRIX

Carousel Resort Hotel

Ocean City, MD

May 24, 2006

oil transfer operations overview
Oil Transfer Operations Overview
  • Crude is received at SLP’s Hog Island or Ft. Mifflin facility and pumped via 2 - 24” crude lines to Darby Creek Tank Farm (DCTF)
  • Crude is then stored, blended and pumped to Sunoco’s Philadelphia Refinery via 3 smaller “charge lines”
slide4

Site Overview

2- 24” crude lines

february 5 2000
February 5, 2000
  • Discovery

“Hey Crawford, it ain’t 10 gallons”

initial actions
Initial Actions
  • Discovery made by hiker using one of the wildlife trails
  • Number on pipeline marker was called
  • Philadelphia Refinery Response Team was mobilized & notifications were made
  • After initial assessment Sunoco Pipeline personnel took over the response
response activities
Response Activities
  • Control
  • Contain
  • Collect
  • Remove
  • Restore
slide8

Control

  • Cease transfer
  • Isolate and track flow
  • Exploratory digs

Estimated 4,571bbls released

slide9

Contain

Ditchwitch

Ice Is Your Friend

Chainsaws

slide12

Contain

The Black Hole

Before

After

During

slide13

Collect

  • Creating slots & sumps for vacuum hoses
slide15

Collect

  • Moving oil to where it could be collected
  • Very labor intensive
  • Good results
slide16
100% mechanical

Vacuum trucks

Brush skimmers

Hand tools

Disc skimmers

Sorbants

Vacuum unit

Remove

slide17

Remove

  • Weight of ice forces oil to the slot
  • Low pressure water introduced to produce a flow beneath the ice
  • Directs oil to the vacuum hoses & skimmers
slide18

Remove

Frac Tanks And Vac Truck Loading Area

  • Vac trucks would transfer oil to another frac tank staging area at visitor center ¾ mile from the site.
  • Tanker trucks would then transfer the oil to DCTF.
slide19

Remove

  • Lori Brush Skimmer
  • 90% Oil / Water Ratio
slide20

Remove

  • Disc skimmer
slide21

Remove

Transvac

3,600 gallon Vac trucks

slide22

Remove

  • When the ice is no longer your friend...
slide23

Remove

  • Sorbants
  • Debris Control
slide24

Access

  • Remember the ¾ mile trip to the transfer area?
slide25

Access

  • We need a road...
slide26

Access

  • Several thousand tons of #4 ballast later, we got one.
slide27

Access

  • …and a staging area, too!
slide28

The “Exclusion Fence”

  • Approximately 1,700 linear feet
  • To prevent critters from entering the affected area
resource protection considerations have to be addressed early on
Resource Protection Considerations Have To Be Addressed Early On

These Two Areas Were Removed

slide30

The Problem

  • Weld failed at a mitered joint

24” North Ship Line

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