Mystery Spill Belleoram (2016)

LOCATION: Belleoram Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador

Casse Number: 120-698

On July 4, 2016, the Harbour Master in Belleoram Harbour reported an oil sheen in the vicinity of the main wharf and floating docks to the Coast Guard. The local response spill kit was used by the Harbour Master to contain the spill. The diesel sheen measured 100 feet by 500 feet and had been driven up onto the adjacent beach. Boom and absorbent pads were utilized and the used equipment was recovered for disposal by the harbor authority.

Coast Guard arrived on-scene on July 5, 2016, and spoke with local fishermen, who confirmed that the remainder of the spill had dispersed with the local weather conditions. Coast Guard assumed the role of Federal Monitoring Officer and concluded that the source of the pollution damage was unknown and that they were unable to establish that this occurrence was not caused by a ship. The Administrator concluded that this was a mystery spill.

On December 2, 2016, the CCG filed a claim with the Administrator in the amount of $2,178.55. The Administrator found the amount $2,137.39 to be established and on February 13, 2017, made an offer of $2,137.39, plus interest to Coast Guard. The offer was accepted and payment of $2,174.38 was made. The Administrator closed the file on March 28, 2017.