Coast Guard responds to oil spill in Tenn. River near Paducah

Coast Guard responds to oil spill in Tenn. River near Paducah
Around 3,000 gallons of diesel spilled into the water. (Source: Pixabay/stock image)

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - The U.S. Coast Guard has responded to a diesel oil spill near Paducah, Ky. in the Tennessee River.

At 8:27 a.m. the vessel Patricia I. Hart was being transported by a tug boat to a dry dock and hit a pier at James Marine Inc. at mile marker 4.5.

Around 3,000 gallons of diesel spilled into the water.

The source of the discharge has been secured.

An oil spill response team recovered around 250 gallons and removed 2,700 gallons from the vessel’s tanks.

The spill was contained with sorbent pads and containment boom.

There are no reports of injuries or waterway impacts.

The Marine Safety Unit Paducah arrived at 9:15 a.m. to investigate.

Coast Guard members are set to return on Wednesday, Feb. 20 to continue the investigation and cause.

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