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Tacoma fire investigates oil sheen on Foss Waterway

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2012 at 11:44 am with 5 Comments »
January 31, 2012 11:45 am

A Tacoma fire crew aboard the Commencement fireboat is trying to find the source of an oil sheen spotted this morning on the Thea Foss Waterway.

“It doesn’t sound like anything major,” Tacoma fire battalion chief Dyre Fudge said. “It appears to be minor.”

The state Department of Ecology and U.S. Coast Guard also have been notified.

Crews have been able to determine the sheen did not come from the city’s storm drainage system.

“It could be anything at all,” Fudge said.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. Let’s see we’ve got the city involved and two federal depts, maybe the county sheriff patrol boat should head out there too, to direct traffic. Your tax dollars at work chasing bubbles in the water.

  2. Make that city, state, and federal so far.

  3. Whatever1214 says:

    Maybe it is seeping up from the bottom and Tacoma is going to become the next Saudi Arabia.

  4. gonesailin06 says:

    I don’t see you guys down trying to clean it up. Put your “Tax dollars where your mouth is”

  5. Um, being notified isn’t the same as responding, so per the article, only the Fire Dept was on scene. If an uncontrolled leak is occurring from a boat, a facility or anything else, you need at least one pair of eyes on scene to determine where its coming from. Its not necessarily the sheen, but the risk of a much larger quantity of oil.

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