by Sara 

Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard and Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol responding to reports of Salmon Bay fuel spill


The State Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard pollution investigators and the Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol have responded to reports of a diesel fuel spill in Seattle?s Salmon Bay.?The spill was first noticed over the weekend, and State, Federal and local authorities have had responders and investigators at the site.?They are working to determine the potential source of the spill.

The Department of Ecology says:

Oil sheen is most noticeable at Sagstad Marina and Fisherman’s Terminal. The sheen is too thin for removal from the water. There does not appear to any ongoing leak of fuel into the water…all oil spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size. Oil is toxic to the environment and the damage starts as soon as the oil hits water. A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water. As an initial action, Ecology has placed absorbent pads in the water.

We will update the blog?as soon as information becomes available.

For more information on the Ecology Spills Program, click here.



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