Detroit — The U.S. Coast Guard says about 200 to 300 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the Detroit River while one of its ships was taking on fuel.
The discharge from the Cutter Mackinaw happened Tuesday afternoon near the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
The Coast Guard says the ship’s crew secured the source of fuel and conducted initial cleanup operations onboard. Crewmembers also deployed a boom around the fuel to prevent further spread. A contractor is expected to finish cleanup efforts.
The Coast Guard says the cause of the discharge is under investigation. The Mackinaw was cleared to leave for an ice breaking operation.