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The next cleanup project for the Port is the former Shell Oil tank farm, which was originally on tidal flats, then covered with fill in the 1925-’29 period between what is now 13th and 14th streets just east of McDonald's on Commercial Ave.

The property was acquired by the Port of Anacortes in 1929 and subsequently leased to the Shell Oil Company in 1930 for use as a bulk fuel storage and distribution facility that primarily handled gasoline and diesel range fuels until it was decommissioned in 1987 and all tanks, piping, and structures were removed.

Starting in mid-October, as part of the Puget Sound Initiative, the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Port will be completing a remedial excavation to remove approximately 4,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil within the readily accessible portion of the site.

Confirmation soil samples will be collected during the excavation activities to verify the successful removal of contamination. During backfilling activities, an oxygen releasing material will be placed at the extents of the excavation to stimulate naturally occurring microbes to enhance biological degradation of organic contaminants potentially remaining in place beneath the sidewalk and asphalt surfaces of 14th Street and the Q Avenue.

Excavated areas of the site will backfilled with imported clean soil.

Following the remedial excavation activities the Port will monitor groundwater to confirm that concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons, carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, and cadmium do not exceed groundwater cleanup levels.

For more information, contact Nick Acklam at the Washington State Department of Ecology – Toxics Cleanup Program This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (360)407-6913.

Contributed by Friends of Skagit Beaches.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,024 Confirmed Skagit Cases
410-419 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

324 Hospitalizations
70 Deaths
48,187 Fully Vaccinated
59,306 Initial Doses Given


385,762 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,019 Hospitalizations

5,614 Deaths Statewide
2,683,216 Fully Vaccinated
3,528,927 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, May 12, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times