Coast Guard investigates source of oil spill polluting a Lake Huron beach at Mich. state parkBy AP
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Coast Guard investigates oil on Lake Huron beach
CHEBOYGAN, Mich. — U.S. Coast Guard investigators are trying to determine the source of an oil spill that soiled a Lake Huron beach at Cheboygan State Park in Michigan.
The spill was reported Tuesday afternoon, and cleanup crews were on the scene Wednesday.
Oil covered a section of beach measuring about 25 yards by 300 yards. A sheen estimated at 5 yards by 300 yards was drifting offshore in Duncan Bay.
Coast Guard Petty Officer George Degener says the spill isn’t getting any bigger.
A tugboat and a carferry are in the area, one anchored and the other aground. Investigators are planning to take samples from both to determine if the oil came from either.
The Coast Guard says park rangers have closed affected sections of the beach for public safety.
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