Fairhaven and State EMS services contain diesel oil spill
By: News Staff
FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WLNE) – A little before 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Fairhaven Fire Department and EMS officials responded to reports of a diesel oil spill by Pease Park.
With the assistance of the Fairhaven Harbormaster, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Fairhaven EMA, and the U.S. Coast Guard, the Fairhaven Fire and EMS departments were able to contain the spill.
This evening, Fairhaven Fire/EMS, Fairhaven Harbormaster, Fairhaven EMA, New Bedford Fire, US Coast Guard, MA DEP, and other agencies coordinated to control an accidental spill of diesel fuel from a fishing vessel near Pease Park. Expect an odor for much of the day tomorrow.
— Fairhaven Fire (@FairhavenFire) July 4, 2018
According to officials, the oil was discharged from a fishing vessel. The spill resulted in the release of up to 100 gallons of diesel oil into Fairhaven waters.
Clean-up efforts will continue into Wednesday, and officials have noted that residents should expect a lingering odor of fuel and a sheen on the water between Lindberg Marine and the Route 6 bridge.
Fairhaven Fire and EMS officials have released that they expect a portion of the sheen to evaporate as the day goes on.
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