Coast Guard responding to 400-gallon diesel fuel spill

BOSTON – Investigators from Coast Guard Sector Northern New England are looking into what caused about 400 gallons of diesel fuel to be spilled into the St. George River at the Lyman Morse Boatbuilding facility in Thomaston, Maine, Thursday night.

The spill occurred while the captain of the 80-foot Virgin Island-based vessel Acadia was transferring fuel from the vessel’s main tank to a secondary tank.

Maine Marine Patrol, Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the local police and fire departments were on scene Thursday night. DEP deployed containment boom around the affected area, and Maine Marine Patrol reported the spill to the Coast Guard.

“More than 90 percent of the diesel in a small marine spill incident is usually either evaporated or naturally dispersed into the water in a couple of days,” said Lt. j.g. Jarrett Bleacher, marine duty officer at Sector Northern New England.

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