Coast Guard crews responded to a diesel fuel spill in the Damariscotta River near the village of Walpole, Maine, on Friday, February 7.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, Maine, received a report at approximately 8:40 a.m. of a 30’ barge that had been damaged by ice and had leaked approximately 100 gallons of diesel into the Damariscotta River.
Responding to the spill were crews from:
- Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor, Maine
- Coast Guard Sector Northern New England
- Maine Department of Environmental Protection
- South Bristol Fire Department
Response teams capped the barge’s fuel vents and deployed a sorbent boom and pads around an estimated area of 100 yards by 20 yards to contain the fuel.
The barge was equipped with 2 internal diesel fuel tanks and had a maximum capacity of 200 gallons.