Department of Ecology News Release - June 1, 2013

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Update on Ecology and U.S. Coast Guard responding to diesel spill in Gig Harbor

SPOKANE – The state Department of Ecology and the U.S. Coast guard are overseeing cleanup of a diesel spill in Gig Harbor.

National Response Corporation, an oil spill cleanup contractor, is currently cleaning up the diesel now estimated to be approximately 50 gallons. Cleanup includes:

Gig Harbor Fire and Police Departments initially responded and deployed sorbent oil spill materials and hard containment boom with oil spill response equipment stored in Gig Harbor.

Responders deployed hard containment boom to protect Donkey Creek.

Cleanup is will continue through the afternoon until complete.

All oil spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size. Oil is toxic to the environment and the damage starts as soon as the oil hits water. A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water.

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Media Contacts:

Brook Beeler, Department of Ecology media relations; 509-290-0855

Zac Crawford, U.S. Coast Guard media relations; 206-251-3237

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For more information:

Ecology Spills Program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/spills.html)

Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)