Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw involved in fuel spill
Coast Guard crews are cleaning up a diesel fuel spill from the Cutter Mackinaw while it was refueling in the Detroit River near the Ambassador Bridge.
Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw
was in the area for ice-breaking operations Tuesday when 200-300 gallons of fuel spilled into the river.
The crew immediately secured the source of fuel and conducted initial clean-up operations onboard. Crewmembers also deployed boom around the fuel to prevent further spread.
The Coast Guard has contracted an oil spill removal organization to complete the clean up. Additional equipment has been called in to help with the effort, including a vacuum truck and additional boom.
The cause of the discharge is under investigation.
"We take our role as environmental stewards seriously, and any accidental discharge of fuel is regrettable," said Capt. Eric Johnson, chief of the Coast Guard 9th District Incident Management Branch. "We are already at work mitigating any potential impacts and have begun our investigation of the actions that lead to the discharge so we can identify ways to prevent it from reoccurring."
The Mackinaw was cleared to depart the location of the spill due to a necessary ice-breaking operation.