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PA oil spill smaller than original estimate

November 7th, 2012 - 3:27pm

(Port Angeles) -- The Washington Department of Ecology says a heavy fuel spill in the Port Angeles harbor wasn't as big as they originally thought.

Ecology's Curt Hart says amount of fuel spilled has been revised from an initial estimate of 840 gallons down to around 50 to 100 gallons.

The heavy fuel spilled from a barge that overflowed as it was being fueled at the Tesoro Port Angeles terminal.

The rest of the fuel stayed on the deck of the barge.

Hart says the other good news is that the spill was contained by the booms set up around the barge no injured wildlife have been found.

Crews are working to get the fuel out of the water.

A 25-foot Coast Guard boat is keeping other marine traffic at least 500 yards away to prevent wakes that could spread the fuel.

The state Ecology Department says the fuel was contained in a boom set up as a precaution.

Hart says the containment boom set out prior to the over-the-water fueling transfer, as required by a state law implemented in 2007, did its job by preventing more environmental, economic and cultural damage.

The heavy fuel overflowed early this morning from a barge owned by Harley Marine Services.

Cleanup crews were dispatched from Global Diving and Salvage and the Marine Spill Response Corporation, which maintains a pollution response ship in Port Angeles Harbor.

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