AMS provided CEQA support and third-party independent environmental mitigation monitoring assessments at the abandoned Pacific Refining marine oil terminal.
Pacific Refining decommissioned and abandoned their refinery in Hercules, CA, in 1997, and left the supporting marine oil terminal (MOT) located in San Pablo Bay in caretaker status. Plans to permanently abandon and remove the terminal required compliance with CEQA and the preparation of a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and Mitigation Monitoring Plan (MMP) in order for the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) to cancel the terminal lease.
A multi discipline team led by Environmental Science Associates was selected by the CSLC to provide these documents, with AMS responsible for the characterization of marine habitats and associated biota, water quality, commercial and sport fisheries and special status marine species at the marine terminal site in San Pablo Bay, as well as the assessment of potential impacts as a result of the terminal abandonment and removal activities. In addition, AMS personnel provided third-party environmental impact mitigation monitoring during abandonment efforts.
Jay Johnson serves as project manager for AMS for environmental mitigation monitoring compliance assessments. Jay Johnson is a senior oceanographer with over 30 years of experience supporting a wide variety of commercial and industrial clients, as well as regulatory and resource management agencies.