LOCATION OF INJURY
Chelsea River and Mill Creek, Revere, Massachusetts
DATE OF INJURY
March 8, 2006
DATE AND AMOUNT OF SETTLEMENT
October 21, 2008: $312,500
NRD SETTLEMENT FUNDS AVAILABLE
Irving Oil Corporation, Irving Oil Terminals Incorporated, and Global Petroleum Corporation
NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES
MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
RELEASE OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
Approximately 20,000 gallons of fuel oil was released from an improperly supervised pipeline under repair on a fuel loading dock into the Chelsea River and Mill Creek in Revere.
Surface Water, Sediments, Shoreline and Marine Communities
Restoration planning is ongoing
EPA Mystic River Initiative
NRD Case Settlement
In 2008, state natural resource trustees reached a settlement agreement with the Irving Oil Corporation, Irving Oil Terminals Inc. (together, Irving), and Global Petroleum Corporation in the amount of $312,500. Of this settlement, $12,500 compensates for natural resource injuries to Chelsea River and Mill Creek waters and wetland areas, and $200,000 to help mitigate the environmental impacts of spills at and around the site.
Natural Resource Trustees
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is the sole natural resource Trustee for the Chelsea River Oil Spill (RTN 3-0025720).
Irving and Global each own and operate tank farms that store oil and oil products adjacent to the fuel dock where the spill occurred. Pipelines are used to transfer oil among the tanks and to and from the fuel dock. On March 8, 2006, contractors hired by Irving allegedly removed at least one check-valve from the subject pipeline, leaving an uncapped, one- to two-foot gap. According to the complaint, also filed today in Suffolk Superior Court, Irving and Global failed to take measures to prevent an oil spill, including failing to shut off valves that would have restricted oil flow through the open pipeline. When Global attempted to transfer fuel oil through the pipeline, the gap allegedly allowed about 20,000 gallons of oil to spill, approximately 18,000 of which flowed into the Chelsea River. A portion of the oil migrated upstream into Mill Creek. As joint owners and operators of the fuel dock, both Irving and Global are responsible for the unpermitted release of the oil pursuant to the Massachusetts Clean Waters Act.
Injured Natural Resources
Leaking oil damaged surface water, sediments, shoreline and marine communities. The Chelsea Creek is predominantly a tidal river system with a total length of only three miles, including the upper reach known as Mill Creek. Most fresh water input is storm water runoff from the highly urbanized watershed. The Chelsea Creek enters the Mystic River and Boston Inner Harbor.
Restoration Planning and Implementation
Restoration planning is ongoing. EEA and MassDEP are active participants in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mystic River Initiative. In 2007, EPA's New England regional office launched a collaborative effort with the communities along the Mystic River, together with local environmental organizations, to address water quality issues in the Mystic Watershed.
The Public’s Role
MassDEP seeks proposals for projects in the Mystic River Watershed that will restore, replace, and/or acquire the equivalent of natural resources or natural resource services relating to resources and resource services that were injured by release(s) of fuel oil from or at the Global/Irving Terminals and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Click here for a copy of the grant application.
NRD Trustee Contacts
MassDEP NRD Program
Karen Pelto, Coordinator