Cleaning Up Columbia River
Cleaning up a large oil spill in the Columbia River could take weeks, according to the Coast Guard.
Up to 4,200 gallons of oil could contaminate the river, the Coast Guard said. The amount of oil that has already leaked is unknown.
The oil sheen was first spotted Thursday near the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria, Ore. A 20-foot-long tank was found underneath a nearby pier.
Officials have yet to determine whether the tank is the source of the leak, said Alissa Flockerzi, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard. But the agency plans to contract with cranes to lift the tank out of the river as part of the cleanup process.
So far, the agency has not received any reports of an environmental impact from the spill, according to a news release (Anna Marum, Portland Oregonian, Jan. 22).
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