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WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY: BLAIR WATERWAY OIL SPILL UPDATE

 OLYMPIA, Wash., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleanup will continue today of an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of bunker oil which spilled into Tacoma's Blair Waterway Wednesday from the transfer of fuel from a barge to a Norwegian cargo vessel, the Washington State Department of Ecology said today.
 State and federal officials yesterday supervised oil recovery operations on Blair Waterway and the cleanup of soiled shoreline in the waterway and along a small stretch of Commencement Bay.
 As a precautionary measure, an oil containment boom was placed across the entrance to a salt water marsh area on the nearby Hylebos Waterway.
 As of 7 a.m. today, a total of 3,500 gallons of mixed oil and water had been recovered from the waterway. Another 1,500 gallons of oil has been recovered from the deck of the 600-foot container ship, Nosac Forest, owned by Wilhelmsen Lines, Oslo.
 A few oiled birds have been found in the spill area. State and federal officials are conducting an assessment of environmental damage from the spill.
 Operations today will include four oil skimmers and 52 personnel from environmental contractors Foss Environmental and Global Diving.
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 /CONTACT: Rob Harper of the Washington State Department of Ecology, 206-438-7760; or Ed Isenson of the Washington State Department of Wildlife, 206-753-5707; or Lt. Commander Ross Wheatley of the U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety Office, 206-286-5590/


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