Oil tanker berthed at Rodeo P66 refinery suspected as source of oil spill in San Pablo Bay

Oil spill containment booms oil tanker Yamuna Spirit Phillips 66 Refinery Rodeo

Oil spill containment booms surround an oil tanker the Yamuna Spirit docked at a marine terminal belonging to Phillips 66 Refinery on San Pablo Bay in Rodeo, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

On Tuesday night, the Vallejo Fire Department received more than 800 calls from residents complaining of a strong smell of natural gas, gasoline and rotten eggs. An estimated 120 patients went to Solano County hospitals, with complaints of headaches, nausea and dizziness, according to the Solano County Health Department.   The tanker, now surrounded by hazmat booms,  was involved  in  spill in Nigeria in February.

  • Karina Loffee of the East Bay Times first broke the story (Weds, Sept 21st):


  • KQED followed up the next day and in this post gives a time line of events and an update on the investigation (Thursday, Sept. 22)


  • CBS also tracked the story:  Public frustrated with lack of information regarding the oil spill (Thursday, Sept. 22)