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

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

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:

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.



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