Chevron Marine Oil Terminal NRDAR Site, Hampden

Culvert - pre-construction

Two former marine oil terminal facilities are located adjacent to each other on the west bank of the Penobscot River in Hampden, Maine. These two facilities, referred to collectively as the Chevron Site, operated from the early 1900s under the ownership of various companies to provide oil storage and distribution.

In July 2016, the U.S. District Court of the District of Maine approved a settlement between the State of Maine, the United States of America, on behalf of the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and five previous owners/operators of the Chevron Site. The approved settlement provided $880,000 for restoration of natural resources due to discharges of oil from the Chevron Site.

Bridge - post-construction

The State of Maine, represented by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (DIFW), Department of Marine Resources (DMR), and Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF), the DOI, represented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and NOAA are the Natural Resources Trustees for the Chevron Site, and as such are responsible for using these settlement funds to implement restoration projects that will restore, replace, rehabilitate or acquire equivalent natural resources or services to those that were injured.

Restoration projects choses within the Penobscot River Watershed included:
• Bagaduce Watershed Fish Passage Restoration Project
• Snow Brook Fish Passage Restoration Project
• Kenduskeag Headwaters Resiliency Project
• Sucker Brook Corridor and Watershed Improvement Project

Completed Work

The Chevron Marine Oil Terminal Site Trustees are pleased to announce the publication of an ArcGIS StoryMap about the restoration projects completed with settlement funds from the Chevron Marine Oil Terminal NRDAR Site.

The Trustees worked with the Department of the Interior Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment to create the StoryMap which highlights the restoration projects implemented to increase aquatic connectivity in the Penobscot River Watershed. The StoryMap emphasizes how partnerships allowed the Trustees to leverage more than $2 million with the $880,000 settlement. As a result, the Trustees were able to replace 7 undersized culverts and increase access to more than 17 miles of river habitat for diadromous fish.

Key partners in the effort included the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Eurovia Atlantic Coast, LLC, The Nature Conservancy, The Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Trustee Agencies (USFWS, NOAA and the State of Maine).

For more information, contact Butch Bowie, (207) 215-4583.