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COAST GUARD, ECOLOGY MONITORING COLUMBIA RIVER OIL SPILL

 OLYMPIA, Wash., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Coast Guard inspectors from the Marine Safety Office in Portland, Ore., and the Washington State Department of Ecology are monitoring the clean up of a fuel spill in the Columbia River at Longview, Wash., the department said today.
 State and federal officials were notified at 8:30 this morning that approximately 900 gallons of marine fuel (bunker C) was spilled while the freighter Centrel was taking on fuel. Initial estimates were that approximately 150 gallons of the fuel spilled into the water. About 750 gallons of fuel was contained on the vessel's deck. Crew members were able to secure the source of the spill.
 Aerial overflights and shoreline reconnaissance this afternoon indicate that some 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of oil actually spilled into the river.
 Riedel Environmental, a cleanup contractor, is on-scene.
 A sheen of oil has been observed between Willow Grove Beach and Puget Island, more than 20 miles downstream of Longview. Concentrations of oil are reported along the Washington shore between Stella and Abernathy Point. The full extent of shoreline oiling is currently unknown.
 The Panamanian flagged vessel was at anchor and preparing to take on a load of logs at the time of the incident.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Holcomb of the Washington State Department of Ecology, 206-493-9362; or Lt. Bob Hennessy of the U.S. Coast Guard, 503-240-9356/


CO: Washington State Department of Ecology; U.S. Coast Guard; Riedel
 Environmental ST: Washington, Oregon IN: OIL ENV SU:


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