Coast Guard, Maryland investigating minor lube oil discharge in Baltimore

National Response Center logoBALTIMORE — Coast Guard and Maryland Department of the Environment personnel are investigating and overseeing cleanup of a lube oil discharge near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Monday.

A National Response Center report was made Friday about a rainbow sheen in the harbor near Pier 6, which alerted Coast Guard and MDE pollution response personnel to investigate.

It is estimated that approximately 50 gallons of lube oil has discharged into the harbor through the Jones Falls outfall near the 2100 block of Falls Road. Hard boom and sorbent materials have been deployed and contractors are on scene recovering the product.

The source of the oil and responsible party have not yet been identified. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is being used to pay for response effort

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