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  • Our next story this week comes from our industrial neighbors at Lubrizol, who experienced releases on Friday, October 13, and again on Sunday, October 15. The company provided us with a first-hand account of Friday’s incident (below), while information on the Sunday release was received by Scott Triebes on the park emergency telephone at around 7:30 p.m. A quick follow-up call to the CAER (Community Awareness Emergency Response) Line revealed that a Level 2 vapor release was reported to the City of Deer Park Office of Emergency Management. An all clear was reported about an hour later. Park staff will likely receive a full report on both incidents at the upcoming Deer Park Community Advisory Council meeting on October 23. Lubrizol’s October 13 report is listed below: At approximately 1:48 a.m. on 10/13/2006, Lubrizol Corporation’s Deer Park Plant located at 41 Tidal Road reported a chemical release of H2S involving the processing of a passenger car motor oil additive. City of Deer Park was notified and event reports submitted regarding the incident. Courtesy messages were posted to the CAER Line as part of our emergency response procedures. There was no community impact. If you need additional information you can contact Chris Hext at 832 260-7738 or ch@lubrizol.com via email.

  • While no new stories about Texas State Parks by the press were sent in this week, the TPWD Media Branch still had a few, noteworthy stories to pass along. In one of the stories we ran last week, from the October 8 Lufkin Daily News about the Texas State Railroad (TSRR), we erred in stating that is was written by TSRR Park Manager Bob Crossman. Crossman Jr., is actually the Park Manager’s father. Thanks to both TSRR’s Park Manager Bob Crossman III and Bill Langford for pointing this out to us, and apologies for the error – we’re learning! 1944 SHIP TO BECOME GULF ARTIFICIAL REEF

After more than 10 years of working with the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), TPWD has completed contractual negotiations to prepare the Texas Clipper to become the first major addition to the department’s Ships-to-Reefs program in more than 30 years. In early spring 2007, the clipper will be sunk 17 nautical miles off the southern coast of Texas to become an artificial reef. The Clipper is a former WWII troop transport ship, cruise liner and training vessel for the Texas A&M University Maritime Academy. Artificial Reef Program Coordinator Dale Shively said that last week a Notice-to-Proceed was issued to Resolve Marine Services, Inc. of Port Everglades, Florida to begin preparations to tow the ship from the MARAD Reserve Fleet dock in Beaumont to Brownsville for cleaning and final preparations. Towing from Beaumont should begin late this month or in early November, and the transfer of the title from MARAD to the State of Texas is set to occur once towing commences. Hazardous materials remediation (cleaning) and hull modifications will be done by subcontractor ESCO Marine of Brownsville. The process of preparing the ship for reefing could take four to six months. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the TPWD cleanup plan for the ship, but approval for sinking will be made after a final EPA inspection. The department Ships-to-Reefs program uses the sinking of large obsolete ships to create artificial reefs, adding a unique dimension to the Texas Artificial Reef Program. Ships-to- Reefs efforts began in the mid 1970s through the efforts of the Texas Coastal and Marine Council with the reefing of 12 WWII “Liberty Ships” at six sites along the Texas coast. Recently, MARAD and the EPA have drafted guidelines for coastal states to follow in preparing obsolete ships for artificial reef programs. Texas will continue to look for opportunities to acquire suitable ships for its offshore waters. For more information about Ships-to-Reefs or the Texas Artificial Reef Program, see the TPWD Web site (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/artificialreef).

October 9 – October 15, 2006

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