[Updated] San Francisco: Barge Capsized, Fuel Leaking

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By MarEx 2017-04-07 20:39:05

A 112-foot freight barge has capsized and is leaking fuel and hydraulic oil near the Bay Bridge, San Francisco.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response are responding to the barge named Vengeance, and their cleanup strategy anticipates a maximum potential release of 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 300 gallons of lube oil.

National Response Corporation Emergency Services personnel have been contracted to deploy 3,000 feet of hard boom.

Officials believe winds, which reached more than 40 mph during an overnight storm, caused the barge to sink.

Divers from Global Diving and Salvage conducted an initial underwater assessment and plugged the leaking fuel vent Friday afternoon.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew is scheduled to conduct an overflight, and divers are scheduled to conduct another underwater assessment Saturday morning. 

While no impact to the shoreline has been detected, the responding agencies continue to prioritize and prepare for potential impacts to environmentally sensitive sites.

No visibly oiled wildlife has been reported or observed at this time, but crews are monitoring for them.

The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been opened for $50,000 for pollution mitigation.

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