Coast Guard: Vessel Spills Oil Into Seattle’s Lake Union

SEATTLE (AP) — Coast Guard officials say crews are working to clean up after a vessel spilled an estimated 50 gallons of oil into Seattle’s Lake Union.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said they and the state Department of Ecology responded to the scene Tuesday morning after a fuel tank crack caused a 90-foot vessel’s bilge to fill and discharge the diesel oil.

The boat was moored at Lake Union Drydock at the time and reportedly had a total of 3,000 gallons of fuel aboard.

A containment boom was placed around the vessel to prevent the fuel from spreading and the bilge pump was properly secured, officials said.

Global Diving and Salvage was contracted to clean up the area and mitigate further pollution.

 

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