Update: Coast Guard Opens Intracoastal Waterway After Fuel Dissipates

PORT ARTHUR, Texas – The Coast Guard opened the Intracoastal Waterway at 1 p.m. today after the fuel that had been spilled earlier this morning dissipated.

Pollution Investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur assessed the waterway and declared that there was no recoverable diesel fuel.

Approximately six miles of the ICW was closed west of Lake Charles, La., this morning after a tug accidentally spilled diesel fuel while transferring it from its fuel tanks to its day tanks. The fuel that was leaked was a marine grade diesel fuel, which dissipated quickly.

Twelve tugs and barges were delayed by the closure, but are now underway again.

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