Coast Guard coordinating with partners in punctured pipeline cleanup

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, East Providence Fire Department, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and Capital Terminal Company established a Unified Command, Thursday, in response to an oil pipeline that was broken by workers in East Providence, Wednesday.

Comprehensive gauging concluded that at least 56,000 gallons were spilled onto the ground around the pipeline. In addition, there is a potential of 108,000 gallons that could be contained in the damaged pipe. The exact amount spilled will remain unknown until temporary repairs are made to the pipeline and the oil still in the pipeline is accounted for. The pipe is scheduled to be repaired and emptied by early next week.

Recovery and remediation teams worked throughout the night and, as of Thursday morning, approximately 20,000 gallons of oil were recovered from the site.

Wednesday afternoon, small amounts of oil made way to the Seekonk River by way of a storm drain outfall under the Route 195 bridge over the river. That outfall was boomed, the oil was contained, and crews will monitor the site throughout the remediation process.

Rhode Island DEM and the Coast Guard will supervise the repair of the oil pipe and remediation of the spill site to minimize further impact to the environment.

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