Skip to content

Swanson Creek; Benedict,MD

Benedict,MD | 2000-Apr-07

Initial Notification: On Friday, 7 April 2000, at approximately 6pm, a rupture was confirmed in a 12-inch diameter, 51.5 mile oil pipeline that feeds the Chalk Point Generating Station of the Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) in southeastern Price George's County, Maryland. An estimated 126,000 to 139,000 gallons of oil were actually released into Swanson Creek Marsh on the Chalk Point property. The leak occurred in a section of the pipeline that supplies No. 6 fuel oil to the Chalk Point facility. The pipeline was being cleaned with an internal cleaning tool and No. 2 fuel oil when the release occurred. USCG district 5. Keyword: pipe line, marsh, trenching, replanting, wildlife rehabilitation.

Incident Details
Products of concern:#6 fuel oil and #2 fuel oil
Total amount at risk of spill: 139,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 38° 32.69′ North
Longitude (approximate): 76° 42.09′ West
On-Water Recovery: Unknown/Not applicable
Shoreline Cleanup: Unknown/Not applicable
Dispersants: Unknown/Not applicable
In-Situ Burn: Unknown/Not applicable
Bioremediation: Applied