Multi-agency response to fuel spill concludes

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the North Charleston Fire Department concluded their clean-up efforts of the fuel tanker truck spill on Virginia Avenue in North Charleston Friday morning.

Clean-up efforts started Tuesday after a tanker truck transporting gasoline and kerosene overturned and began spilling its contents into a tidal marsh area near the Cooper River at 10 p.m. Approximately 18,500 gallons of oily water was collected along with 3,000 gallons of gasoline and kerosene.

A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Facility Charleston conducted daily overflights of Filbin Creek and the Cooper River to look for any additional impacted areas. Responders and clean-up crews were on-scene for more than two days to minimize damage to the environment and wildlife.

Coast Guard response coordinators did not receive any reports of wildlife or environmental impact. Anyone who sees impacted wildlife should contact the Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center at 843-724-7616.

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