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Beardsley Canal Oil Release

Site Contact:
Harry Allen


Site Location:
1134 Manor Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308
NRC#: OES 24-0797

Overview: On Wednesday, 7 February 2024, at approximately 16:54 PM A Rainbow sheen in the Beardsley Canal was viewed by a passerby and reported to the Kern County Fire Department.  The sheen is estimated to be flowing at 1GPM  (1) one gallon per minute and spans ( 1.25 ) one and a quarter miles. This sheen has not been stopped or contained. Kern County Fire was on scene investigating and at that time the source is unknown. 


State, Local and other Federal Agency Actions and Roles: California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is on scene as well as the Regional California Water Control Board.  The representatives of owner of the canal are also on scene and have shut off the water that flows from the Kern River into the canal.  The canal while privately owned does flow into Pozo Creek Downstream from the location of the oil spill there is at least on water intake for drinking water which has also been shut off from the canal.  The canal also serves as an irrigation supply to agriculture in the area.  The source is unknow but the oil appears to coming from Tricor Refinery which is directly to the North of the canal.  The PRP has hired an oil spill response organization (OSRO) which have deployed boom to collect the oil and a work plan will be expected by Friday to begin immediate subsurface investigation for source identification and control.


EPA Actions and Roles: This incident is within EPA’s response jurisdiction. One OSC are deployed to the incident to provide technical assistance with the other state and local agencies and determine if the oil spill affects Waters of the United States (WOTUS).  EPA has also been in contact with Kern County Health in relation to the threat to drinking water intakes and irrigation intakes from the canal which are currently shut down.