UPDATE: Rhode Island Fuel Spill Contained

Fuel on water. Photo/USCG

A leak of diesel fuel into Rhode Island’s Pawcatuck River Monday and Tuesday has been stopped, and the source identified as a boat docked at the Westerly Marina, according to an article on TheDay.com.

Fuel-absorbing booms have been placed around the vessel, Gail Mastrati, DEM spokeswoman said. The fuel had apparently leaked into the vessel’s bilge and spilled into the river when the owner started pumping out the bilge. The owner was not aware of the diesel fuel leak, she said.

While the exact amount of leaked fuel could not be determined, it appeared to be a relatively small amount, reported Mastrati. She said she was unsure whether any warnings or fines were issued to the boat owner.

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The Day

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