Petroleum Corporation, DE
Site History: On July 15, 2006, up to 5,000 gallons of
waste oil spilled into the Christina River from a recycling facility in
Location: Wilmington, Delaware.
Case status: In 2009, a settlement was reached with
International Petroleum Corp. (IPC) through a cooperative damage assessment,
restoration planning, and settlement process. To compensate for natural
resource injuries to habitats, birds and recreational uses resulting from the
incident, IPC agreed to provide the State of Delaware $194,011.00 for wetland
restoration in the Peterson Wildlife Refuge. The trustees’ assessment costs
were also covered. This is in addition to their actions to cleanup wetlands and
other oiled habitats in the Christina and Brandywine rivers.
Overview: On Saturday, July 15, 2006, a broken hose at the
International Petroleum Corp. recycling facility in Wilmington, DE resulted in
a spill that dumped up to 5,000 gallons of waste oil into the Christina River.
The IPC facility collects and recycles used oil from a variety of customers and
the discharge occurred during a tank transfer. Oil spread from the Christina
River with the tide cycles to the nearby Brandywine Creek and Delaware River.
The site is located in a mixed commercial/industrial portion of the City of
EPA, the State of Delaware and the Responsible Party formed a Unified Command,
which directed spill response operations. For the Natural Resource Damage
Assessment, the State of Delaware was the lead trustee for this incident. NOAA
and USFWS provided technical support necessary to assess potential injuries,
scale appropriate restoration, and conduct an expedited assessment. The
trustees and IPC agreed to an expedited assessment approach and agreed to
settle natural resource damages liability associated with this release by
having IPC provide funds to the State of Delaware for wetland restoration.