Buzzards Bay Spill Settlement Money Still Flowing

Worker deploying snare. Snare is composed of recycled plastic strips, configured in a manner similar to a pom pom, and provides substrate for the oil in the water to adhere to. The oiled snare can then be removed and properly discarded. 2003 photo/NOAA

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CapeCodOnline: The effects of a 2003 oil barge spill are less visible in Buzzards Bay than in years past, but state officials are still looking to improve the bay further using $6 million in settlement money.

Pooled oil at the high tide line of Barneys Joy beach. 2003 photo/NOAA

At a sparsely attended meeting Wednesday (September 21) at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, members of the Natural Resources Damages Trustee Council outlined the possibilities for restoration in the bay and kicked off the public comment process.

The trustee council is made up of Massachusetts and Rhode Island environmental officials.

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