Crews Respond To Oil Spill in Rhode Island

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

For the second day in a row, emergency crews responded yesterday to what appeared to be a diesel fuel spill on the Pawcatuck River near the Westerly Marina in Westerly, Rhode Island, according to an article from

Ray Meunier, oil and hazardous materials specialist for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, said teams from Westerly and Pawcatuck fire departments, the DEM and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection responded to a spill of what appeared to be diesel fuel on Monday.

They placed booms to absorb the substance and talked to boat owners and others in the area to try to identify the source, he said, but had not done so. The flow appeared to have stopped later Monday, but then happened again Tuesday evening.

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