May 8, 2002 — Today, government officials are unveiling a plan that identifies natural resource injuries and includes a comprehensive list of proposed restoration projects for the April 2000 pipeline oil spill into the Patuxent River. The draft restoration plan is part of the natural resource damage assessment being conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Maryland Departments of Environment and Natural Resources. These agencies are seeking written comments on the proposed restoration projects and will answer questions at a public meeting on May 15 from 7-9 pm at the Calvert County Fairgrounds in Prince Frederick, MD.
On April 7, 2000, a pipeline owned by Pepco and operated by ST Services ruptured, spilling more than 126,000 gallons of oil at Pepco’s Chalk Point Generating Facility in Aquasco, Maryland. Natural resource trustee agencies for this incident include the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Maryland Departments of Environment and Natural Resources.
The Trustees have conducted numerous studies and determined the spill caused the following estimated natural resource and human use injuries—
After evaluating numerous alternatives, the Trustees are proposing the following restoration projects to address these injuries—
Increasing recreational opportunities Address the estimated 125,000 river trips that were affected by the spill—
The draft Restoration Plan is available at www.darp.noaa.gov/neregion/chalkpt.htm and at Pepco’s Community Center, 30383 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD (800-685-1266). Written comments should be sent to—
Jim HoffNOAA Damage Assessment Center1305 East?West Highway, SSMC 4Silver Spring, MD 20910James.Hoff@noaa.gov
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230