Coast Guard monitors fuel sheen near Tyee Yacht Club Marina

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Coast Guard is monitoring a fuel sheen on the Columbia River in Portland, Ore., Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Portland received a report of a fuel sheen near the Tyee Yacht Club Marina at approximately 9 a.m.

Coast Guard pollution investigators located the sheen, but could not identify its source or the person responsible. Samples and pictures of the sheen were taken for an investigation. The sheen was unrecoverable and will dissipate through natural evaporation.

Notices of Federal Interest have been issued to the marina and local boaters. These notices are used to inform the public that the Coast Guard is interested in finding the source of the fuel discharge and to encourage the public to report any additional information to Coast Guard Sector Portland.

“The Coast Guard takes all pollution cases seriously and responds with due diligence to mitigate any environmental damage to the waterways and surrounding area,” said Lt.j.g. Joshua Mattulat, Assistant Branch Chief of Sector Portland’s Incident Management Division.

Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Coast Guard has the authority to conduct all pollution investigations and direct pollution cleanup efforts.

The cause of the sheen is under investigation.

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