USCG Estimates Oil Spilled in Delaware River

On November 26, 2004, the tanker "Athos I" struck a 15-foot hunk of metal on the bottom of the Delaware River. The initial spill estimates were 30,000 gallons, which is nine times less than the new estimates. The Coast Guard has now come up with the new estimates, after the ship was taken out of the water and inspected in Mobile, Alabama. The amount of oil removed from all its tanks was measured, and an independent surveyor completed the calculations. As of Friday, cleanup workers had recovered 84,020 gallons of oil and oily liquid, 1,817 gallons of submerged oil, and 7,812 tons of oily solids. The Coast Guard said that 258 birds have been released and that 178 have died.