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Nearly 5,000 gallons of diesel leak into Port of Tampa

TAMPA — Crews were working Thursday morning to clean up a 5,000-gallon diesel spill from Tuesday night in the Port of Tampa.

The fuel discharged from a crane barge at Hooker's Point, near Berth 219. The crane barge belongs to Kinder Morgan, a transportation and energy storage company.

The Coast Guard said the fuel tank was capable of holding 6,000 gallons of fuel. Coast Guard officials said 4,900 gallons spilled into the water.

About 500 gallons had been removed mechanically Wednesday afternoon and an unknown amount had dispersed or evaporated.

The Coast Guard, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Kinder Morgan were all working on the cleanup. All containment equipment and booms will stay until the fuel is gone, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said a pollution investigation will be conducted at the same time as the cleanup to determine what caused the spill.

Nearly 5,000 gallons of diesel leak into Port of Tampa 06/09/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 10:27am]

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