Fuel & Oil In Lake Huron
Barge Sinks, Spill Fuel And Oil Into Lake Huron
LAKEPORT (WWJ) – Fifteen beaches along Lake Huron are been closed after a 110-foot dredging barge sank, causing a tugboat to capsize. (Scroll down for a list of closed beaches).
Lt. Justin Westmiller said Marine Pollution Control workers were on the scene, Thursday afternoon, trying to stop the flood of 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the water.
About 1,500 to 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the lake about five nautical miles north-northwest of the entrance to the St. Clair River, one nautical mile from the Michigan shoreline and four nautical miles from Canadian waters. Although the vessel can potentially carry 8,000 gallons of fuel, it wasn’t full to capacity.
As a precautionary measure, the St. Clair County Health Department has closed the following Great Lakes beaches:
Lake Huron – Burtchville Township Park Lakeport Lake Huron – Jeddo Road Beach Lakeport Lake Huron – Metcalf Road Beach Burtchville Lake Huron – Fort Gratiot County Park Fort Gratiot Lake Huron – Lakeport State Park Lakeport Lake Huron – Lakeport State Park Campground Lakeport Lake Huron – Washington Street Park Lakeport Lake Huron – Keewadhin Road Beach Fort Gratiot Lake Huron – Krafft Road Beach Port Huron Lake Huron – Lakeside Beach Port Huron Lake Huron – Holland Road Beach Port Huron Lake Huron – Conger-Lighthouse Beach Port Huron St. Clair River – Chrysler Park Beach Marysville St. Clair River – Marine City Beach Marine City St. Clair River – Marine City Diving Area Marine City
Five inland beaches remain open.