Prevent fueling spills

^ Think in terms of preventing even a drop of fuel from going into the water, especially when fueling at a fuel dock or along the shoreline.

^ Avoid overfilling—fill the tank slowly to avoid a spill. Remember, excess fuel will flow out the vent (and into the water) when it becomes warm and expands. It's best to fill the tank away from the water.

^ Never leave a gas hose unattended while refueling. Remember, the automatic shutoff on the gas nozzle may not work.

^ Be sure that all fuel system fittings are tight and not leaking.

^ Don't drain oil into the bilge.

^ Recycle used oil through your marina, community oil recycling center, or at an automobile oil change business.


Discharging any oily water, oil, or petroleum product into the water is against state and federal law. You are responsible for cleanup costs and correcting any environmental damage caused by your fuel spill, under the California Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1990.

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