Coast Guard Investigates Oil Spill On Detroit River

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an oil spill in the Detroit River. The incident happened Tuesday when a Coast Guard ice breaker was refueling just south of the Ambassador Bridge. Petty Officer Christopher Yaw is a Coast Guard spokesperson. He says investigators are still probing the exact cause of the spill.

“What we do know is that sometime during the fueling process, approximately 600 gallons of number 2 diesel was released onto the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter ‘Mackinaw”, with an estimated 200 gallons that entered the water.”

Yaw says a response team immediately deployed an inflatable boom to remove oil from the scene. He says the Coast Guard has also hired a private contractor to continue clean-up efforts on the river.