Lakeport http://michiganradio.org en U.S. Coast Guard says diesel fuel contained on sunken barge in Lake Huron (PHOTOS) http://michiganradio.org/post/us-coast-guard-says-diesel-fuel-contained-sunken-barge-lake-huron-photos <p>The U.S. Coast Guard issued a <a href="http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1500183/Update-All-Arthur-J-fuel-valves-and-vents-secured-diesel-fuel-spill-secured">press release</a> this morning saying all the fuel valves and vents connected to the fuel tank on the sunken barge, the Arthur J, have been plugged.</p><p>Crews continue to work on salvaging the 110-foot dredge barge and 38-foot tug that sank yesterday morning one mile off the coast of Lakeport, Michigan.</p><p>From their release:</p><blockquote><p>The Arthur J has ten vents to its fuel tank and responders where able to plug four of them early Thursday afternoon, but six remained open until responders were able to plug them late Thursday night.</p><p>The impact to the shoreline has been minimal; however there is visible sheening along the shores of Lakeport, but there has been no report of a thick product wash ashore. However, there is still a strong diesel odor in the air, so residents and visitors of the lower Lake Huron area are encouraged to avoid areas where there is an odor in the air. Those who live in the area should remain inside with doors and windows closed as much as possible.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>The Coast Guard says the Michigan State Health Department has closed beaches from the Blue Water Bridge north to Lakeport State Park.</p><p>The diesel fuel that did spill remains on the lake. No wildlife impacts have been reported yet. The Coast Guard says &quot;weather and lake conditions are not optimal for product clean up, but the clean-up efforts continue vigilantly.&quot;</p><p>The sunken dredge barge and tug were owned and operated by MCM Marine.</p><p>Early reports indicated the barge and tug began taking on water around 4 a.m. yesterday. The Coast Guard reports the cause of the accident at this time is still unknown. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 13:31:31 +0000 Mark Brush 8371 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Coast Guard says diesel fuel contained on sunken barge in Lake Huron (PHOTOS) Diesel fuel spills into Lake Huron after tug and barge sink http://michiganradio.org/post/diesel-fuel-spills-lake-huron-after-tug-and-barge-sink <p><strong>Friday, July 20, 9:06 a.m.</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1500183/Update-All-Arthur-J-fuel-valves-and-vents-secured-diesel-fuel-spill-secured">U.S. Coast Guard released a statement</a> this morning declaring that the diesel fuel tanks onboard the sunken dredge, the Arthur J, have been secured and that no more diesel fuel is spilling into Lake Huron:</p><blockquote><p>All the fuel valves and vents on the Arthur J have been plugged.&nbsp;</p><p>The Arthur J has ten vents to its fuel tank and responders where able to plug four of them early Thursday afternoon, but six remained open until responders were able to plug them late Thursday night.</p><p>The impact to the shoreline has been minimal; however there is visible sheening along the shores of Lakeport, but there has been no report of a thick product wash ashore. However, there is still a strong diesel odor in the air, so residents and visitors of the lower Lake Huron area are encouraged to avoid areas where there is an odor in the air.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Thursday, July 19, 12:26 p.m.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/deq_official_sunken_dredge_may.html#incart_river_default">Mlive.com reports </a>that if storms do not let up, all 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel will get into Lake Huron.</p><blockquote><p>The Michigan Department of Enviromental Quality is monitoring the situation from the periphery, and spokesman Brad Wurfel said ongoing storms may limit the effectiveness of the containment boom.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re hoping to recover all we can,&quot; he said. &quot;But it&#39;s anticipated that if the storms do not let up, it&#39;s best to plan on the idea that all 1,500 gallons will get into the lake.&quot;</p><p>The weather, the weight of the fuel, wind direction and underwater currents make it difficult to predict where the fuel may head. Some local beaches may see a sheen, Wurfel said, but the &quot;environmental impact is not expected to be catastrophic.&quot;</p><p>&quot;The upside is, it&#39;s a big lake. A lot of this will dissipate.&quot;</p><p>St. Clair County officials have closed all public beaches on Lake Huron as a precautionary measure, according to health education and planning director Jennifer Michalul.</p><p>A local hazmat team and fire crew are aiding the Coast Guard, which has established 100-yard safety zone around the periphery of the oil sheen. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:26:01 +0000 Mark Brush & Michigan Radio Newsroom 8342 at http://michiganradio.org Diesel fuel spills into Lake Huron after tug and barge sink