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1,200 Gallons of Oil Recovered from Derelict Barge

by Associated Press
KVAL, January 31, 2011

(WA Dept. of Ecology) The 431-foot barge, Davy Crockett, sits aground on the northern bank of the Columbia River near Camas, Wash., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Coast Guard and Washington State Dept. of Ecology pollution response teams, along with marine inspectors, responded to the scene to check for any possible pollution and determine the overall condition of the vessel. The cause of the grounding is unknown. VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Coast Guard says workers are trying to stabilize a derelict vessel leaking oil in the Columbia River near Camas in southwest Washington, so divers can remove all remaining oil.

More than 50 responders from agencies that include the Washington Department of Ecology and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality are on the scene.

The Columbian reports about 1,200 gallons of oil have been recovered since work began last week.

Washington Ecology officials have measured a small amount of PCB, about three parts per million, in oil from the engine room but say it is not an immediate health threat.

The 431-foot Davy Crockett is a World War II Liberty ship that was converted to a barge.

Associated Press
1,200 Gallons of Oil Recovered from Derelict Barge
KVAL, January 31, 2011

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