Coast Guard responds to sunken ship leaking oil in Big Sandy River

BUTLER, W.Va. (WOWK) - The Coast Guard is responding to a sunken ship discharging oil on the Big Sandy River near Butler, West Virginia. 

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Huntington received a report at around 7:40 on the morning of Wednesday, January 10, 2018 that the motor vessel Gate City sunk at its mooring and was releasing oil into the Big Sandy River with a maximum potential of 5,000 gallons of Oil.

A Marine Safety Unit Huntington pollution response team arrived on scene and is working with the oil spill response organization Weavertown to deploy boom and contain the oil and begin cleanup operations.

Neptune Marine Survey is also on scene accessing the vessel and developing a plan to remove any remaining oil from the vessel.

The Coast Guard, along with West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, are investigating the incident.


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