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Shell Martinez

Graphic California map showing the locations of Martinez spill

Graphical representation of map of the affected spill area

A leaking tank at the Shell oil refinery drained approximately 400,000 gallons of crude oil into a nearby creek. The oil then ran into a marsh and into the bay.


  • LOCATION: McNabney Marsh, Carquinez Strait, and adjacent waters, Contra Costa County
  • DATE: April 23, 1988
  • INCIDENT SUMMARY: A leaking tank at the Shell oil refinery drained approximately 400,000 gallons of crude oil into a nearby creek. The oil then ran into a marsh and into the bay.
  • RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Shell Oil Company
  • NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES: California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; California State Lands Commission; United States Fish and Wildlife Service; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • RESOURCES IMPACTED: Wetland habitat; fish.
  • SETTLEMENT DETAILS: The trustees settled the NRDA portion of the case for $10.8 million.
  • STATUS OF RESTORATION: COMPLETE.

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Contact Information

Michael Anderson
Email: Michael.Anderson@wildlife.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 324-9784


Last update : 10/19/2017 2:42:51 AM