Minor Fuel Spill Reported Near Boston

Photo of an oil sheen, courtesy Fedral Energy Regulatory Commission.

Coast Guard Sector Boston received a report on Saturday, January 22, at around 1:23 p.m., from the Exxon-Mobil terminal that a 100-foot-by-100-foot fuel sheen was sighted on the Mystic River.

Local partners and the Coast Guard responded immediately and conducted shoreline searches into the night to determine the source of the spill. After resuming first-light searches on Sunday, responders were unable to locate the source, and determined that the fuel had dissipated on its own.

Officials will continue to investigate.

Have you ever seen a small spill in the area and reported it?

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