Coast Guard response to dielectric oil leak in Mystic River continues

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Martin, a marine science technician, collects sheen samples on the Mystic River Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Coast Guard and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection responded to a dielectric oil leak Friday, near the Alford St. bridge. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Brandon Aten)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Martin, a marine science technician, collects sheen samples on the Mystic River Saturday, April 14, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Brandon Aten)

BOSTON — A unified command has been established in response to the dielectric oil leak in the Mystic River near the Alford St. bridge.

The unified command is made up of the U.S. Coast Guard, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Eversource Energy.

The unified command has contracted Clean Harbors and GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. to mitigate any pollution, and a dive team to locate and secure the precise point of the leak.

Currently, booming strategies have been effective at ensuring minimal environmental impacts.
The public is urged to be aware of clean-up operations in the area and avoid contact with any oil in the water.

Crews are scheduled to resume shoreline assessments and booming as needed early Monday, and the unified command plans to deploy a remotely operated vehicle and dive team to locate the precise point of the leak and secure it.

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