Puerto Rican Oil Spill Update

GUANICA, Puerto Rico – The Unified Command announced Tuesday the continued efforts in the ongoing recovery of oil products, and protecting the sensitive areas in the southwest coast of Puerto Rico from Guayanilla Bay to La Parguera.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center controllers relayed a report to the Unified Command from Customs and Border Protection agents in Mayaguez Monday of a possible oil sighting in the Mayaguez Harbor.

Controllers diverted the crew of an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico to the scene who conducted an overflight of the reported area. The crew reported no sightings of oil having been spilled into the water. A Coast Guard pollution investigator from Regional Inspection Office, Ponce also arrived on scene at approximately 3:30 p.m. and confirmed that no oil had been spilled into the water.

Coast Guard pollution investigators continue investigating the origin of the material that has been spilled into the water in the Guanica and Guayanilla area, and the emergency Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been increased to $2.25 million to continue clean up and recovery efforts of the material. If anyone has any information leading to the responsible party for the spill, they are encouraged to contact the Coast Guard at 787-289-2041.

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