Coast Guard Investigating Oil Spill from Tow Boat

CALUMET CITY, Ill. – The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the grounding and subsequent oil spill from the towing vessel Dale White in the Cal-Sag Channel.

The 78-foot vessel briefly grounded and continued its voyage to a slip on the Calumet River. The Coast Guard, with assistance from the Illinois EPA and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, assessed and monitored the cleanup of diesel fuel, which spilled as a result of a breached fuel tank caused from the grounding.

It is estimated that approximately 400 gallons of diesel spilled, most of which was contained within the slip on the Calumet River. Containment boom was deployed by the vessel and the oil was adequately cleaned up by Heritage Environmental, an oil spill response company. The waters of Lake Michigan were not affected by the spill.

The U. S. Coast Guard will be pursuing enforcement action against the company that owns the vessel.

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