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Posted on June 19 at 2:35 p.m.

Here is the actual press release as provided by the US Coast Guard:

"CLEAN UP AND REMOVAL EFFORTS COMPLETED NEAR POINT CONCEPTION

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Coast Guard has completed clean up and removal efforts of a barge that sank near Point Conception State Marine Reserve, on June 8, 2014.

Around 12:15 p.m. on the 8th, the Coast Guard received a distress call from the tugboat Calvin, reporting that the 260-foot barge Nash was sinking. The barge had a cargo of 3,900 metric tons of magnesium chloride, a non-hazardous derivative of sea water. The barge sank stern first leaving the bow extended above the water. During the sinking, air spaces in the aft cargo tanks were crushed and the hull breached. The barge is resting approximately 1/2 mile south of the oil and gas pipelines extending from the Freeport-McMorRan Hermosa Platform to the shore near Point Conception. Tugs have maintained watch over the wreckage to ensure it did not shift or move during salvage efforts.

The cargo of Magnesium Chloride was largely released during the initial sinking event with no projected or observed environmental impact. A Unified Command Post was established with representatives from the Coast Guard, California’s Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Global Diving & Salvage to protect marine life and environmental concerns and ensure the safety of salvage operations. The Coast Guard worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the National Marine Fisheries Service to designate a deep ocean disposal location offshore where the barge could be scuttled safely with minimal impact to the environment.

The barge was successfully scuttled offshore June 17.

The owner of the barge, Seattle-based Salmon Bay Barge Line, Inc., contracted with Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. to provide a team of marine salvors to restore sufficient buoyancy to the badly damaged hull to allow it to be towed offshore and away from the sensitive areas."

On Shipping Barge Capsizes Off Point Conception

Posted on June 18 at 2:56 p.m.

I just got off the phone with SB Harbor Patrol--the Coast Guard is going to send out a press release this afternoon, and the Harbor Patrol will email me a copy as soon as it is released. I'll paste it here.

On Shipping Barge Capsizes Off Point Conception

Posted on May 29 at 10:47 p.m.

Sandra has my vote, too. Not going to sling any mud, suffice it to say Bill has left much to be desired. Time for a change.

On Vote Sandra Brown for Sheriff

Posted on April 22 at 10:49 a.m.

It's amazing how shortsighted we (once?) were...thinking, 'Hey, how 'bout we just use that island out there to test these new bombs? What could it hurt, right?"

On Navy Closes San Miguel Island to Look for Old Bombs

Posted on March 1 at 6:44 p.m.

"Check, please!"

On VIDEO: Storm Wave Crashes Through Moby Dick Restaurant

Posted on January 6 at 12:18 p.m.

1. - Can't we all just get along?
2. - As much as I loathe to admit it, Helene Schneider is right (I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit). That train bridge widening is a MUST and should be added to the initial plan.
3. - MesaJim for City Council. There. I said it.

On Random Blathering of a Semi-Addled Mind

Posted on January 2 at 12:40 p.m.

When is this project slated to commence? I run a business with a warehouse located in Carpinteria, and will not abide the convoluted commute. I'll be looking into relocating our facility to Goleta from Carp. prior to the mayhem...

On Caltrans's Way <em>Is</em> the Highway

Posted on May 8 at 11:54 a.m.

Why is nothing reported here about the individual she hired to beat her? Was he detained? Isn't there something with which this man should be charged? Or is it legal to beat someone with their consent/payment for services rendered?

On UCSB Student Heads to Trial for False Rape Report

Posted on April 11 at 1:15 p.m.

Absolutely ridiculous that the PD would take aim at this. "...don't have enough cops"?! What about the SEVEN they just swore in within the last month? ...or the NEW officer position currently being suggested/considered to act as a downtown beat enforcer?

Removal of the bench would be like banning motorcycles to prevent smog.

Why not simply invert every other brick to an upright position to give it a jagged edge, eliminating the sitting appeal? Geez--do I have to think of everything?

Vote MesaJim for City council!

On Cops Take Aim at Public Art Piece

Posted on April 4 at 11:18 a.m.

There are more laws in this "free country" telling us what we CAN'T do than there are those telling us what we CAN do.

Stop the madness.

On ‘Party Houses’ Still Irking Neighbors

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