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Oil spill in Blair Waterway

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on July 7, 2012 at 10:02 am |
July 7, 2012 10:02 am

An accident Friday night aboard a vessel in the Blair Waterway caused about 50 gallons of oil to spill into the shipping channel at the Port of Tacoma.

According to the State Department of Ecology, a tanker truck on board the MV Midnight Sun was struck by another vehicle, rupturing one of the truck’s four compartments.

About 1,500 gallons of lube oil spilled out of the tanker, but most was contained on the ship’s deck.

The Department of Ecology and the Coast Guard both responded.

According to Ecology, a private contractor, NRCES, and other cleanup crews are working on the deck and on the water. The spill to water appears to be controlled with oil containment boom, and no more oil is believed to be getting to the waterway.

State and federal responders are reassessing the extent of the spill this morning.

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