Mackinaw spills fuel into river

About 200 to 300 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the Detroit River while a U.S. Coast Guard ship was taking on fuel, officials said.
AP Wire
Feb 6, 2014


The discharge from the USCG cutter Mackinaw happened Tuesday afternoon near the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

The Coast Guard said the ship's crew secured the source of fuel and conducted initial cleanup operations onboard. Crewmembers also deployed a boom around the fuel to prevent further spread. A contractor is expected to finish cleanup efforts.

"We take our role as environmental stewards seriously, and any accidental discharge of fuel is regrettable," Capt. Eric Johnson, chief of the Coast Guard 9th District Incident Management Branch, said in a statement. "We are already at work mitigating any potential impacts."

The cause of the discharge is under investigation, Johnson said, and the Coast Guard wants to ensure that another spill doesn't happen.

Ice breaking work is keeping Coast Guard crews busy on the Great Lakes, and the Mackinaw was cleared Tuesday to leave for an ice breaking operation.



Tri-cities realist

I would think that staunch environmentalists would demand the entity that owns this vessel be put out of business and fined bazillions of dollars... Oh wait. Crickets.

Back to the Wall

When you consider the environment downstream of the spill, 500 gallons of diesel isn't that big of a deal. NOW WAIT - any diesel is too much diesel in surface water - but let's look downstream:

(fires up GoogleEarth)
Along the riverfront from the Ambassador Bridge
Waterfront Petroleum
Zug Island (he he)
BP Rouge Terminal
Great Lakes Steel Mill
Unidentified Quarry or Taconite dock (active)
Former BASF Chemical (North and South Plants)
Former McClouth Steel Mill
Detroit Edison Trenton Coal Fired
And it all settles out in the Trenton Channel EPA Site.

The Detroit River has been an industrial thoroughfare for 200 years, and with any luck will remain such for a long time.

Methinks attention best be paid to maintaining the integrity of bona-fide natural beauties and significant recreational and environmental resources.
These industrial spills need to be monitored, should be minimized, and are not “okay” but this event is not a significant environmental threat.

Tri-cities realist

You got me thinking: maybe it was a covert govt kickback to redistribute petroleum back to waterfront petroleum, BP, or BASF...


This is inexcusable, there are way too many procedural steps and double checks to ever have this happen...I see some gold braid being removed...or should be.


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