- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Most of the 200 to 300 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into the Detroit River during a cutter’s refueling has been contained, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.

Only a residual amount of fuel remained before a boom preventing its spread froze in the river ice.

“As of right now, we are waiting on the weather to improve so we can remove the sorbent materials,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Hobson, a pollution responder with Coast Guard Sector Detroit. “We continue to closely monitor the site.”

The spill occurred Tuesday while the Cutter Mackinaw was taking on fuel near the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The ship’s crew secured the source of the fuel and conducted initial cleanup operations onboard. Crewmembers also deployed a boom around the fuel to prevent further spread.

Officials said the cause of the spill remained under investigation.

Marine pollution control contractors are working with the Coast Guard Sector Detroit on the boom’s recovery and removal of the residual fuel in the ice.

The Mackinaw was cleared Tuesday to leave for an ice-breaking operation. Such operations keep Coast Guard crews busy during the winter on the Great Lakes.

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