Sinking Barge Spills Diesel Fuel Into Lake Huron

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The U.S. Coast Guard says a 110-foot dredging barge sank in Lake Huron, spilling an unknown amount of diesel fuel.

Petty Officer Lauren Laughlin of the Coast Guard station in Cleveland tells The Associated Press the commercial barge was being pushed by a tugboat early Thursday when it went down in stormy waters about five nautical miles northwest of the entrance to the St. Clair River. The tugboat then flipped over.

Laughlin says all personnel from both vessels were accounted for.

She says there's a 500-foot sheen on the lake surface. The dredge can hold 8,000 gallons of fuel but at the time was carrying only 1,500. It's uncertain how much escaped.

Laughlin says booms are in place but weather may hinder the cleanup.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 at 09:14 AM
    Makes me sick. Hope the company is prepared to pay for its incompetence. We know it wasn't the weather that caused it to sink.
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      by Jason on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:10 PM in reply to
      That's right. I bet they did it on purpose.
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        by Courtney on Jul 20, 2012 at 08:51 AM in reply to Jason
        Most certainly since boating companies can control "stormy water" better than anyone. It couldn't have been the storm which made the boat flip with liquid inside, which shifts with the waves. It wasn't mother nature but in fact the CEO of the company. He just pushed a button to test it. This would explain all sorts of shipwrecks in Lake Huron. Maybe the fish all gathered on one side and were mad and pushed it over too.
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