MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The St. Clair County Health Department has re-opened a few beaches along Lake Huron that had been closed as a result of a fuel spill in the lake yesterday. Officials say other beaches may soon be reopened as well.
A 110-foot dredging barge sank early Thursday morning, spilling 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the water and causing a tugboat to capsize in 22 feet of water about two miles offshore from Lakeport State Park some five miles northwest of the mouth of the St. Clair river. The St. Clair county dive team closed most of the vents in the tugboat where the fuel was leaking from but did not completely shut down the leak. Around 800 feet of absorbing boom was placed in the water yesterday to collect the diesel fuel that started to spill after the vessel went down.
Officials say sheen has reached the shoreline, however no thick product has been reported.
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