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Tuesday February 4th, 2014

Posted at 7:46pm

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An investigation is underway after the U.S.Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw spilled diesel fuel into the Detroit River Tuesday afternoon while the ship was taking on fuel in the vicinity of the Ambassador Bridge.

The Coast Guard says that their crew immediately secured the source of fuel and conducted initial clean-up operations on board.  Crew members also deployed boom around the fuel to prevent further spread.

Coast Guard pollution responders currently on scene estimate that 200-300 gallons entered the water.

The Coast Guard has contracted an oil spill removal organization to complete the clean up and has ordered various equipment, to include a vacuum truck and additional boom.

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