Coast Guard checks mile-long oil spill off Jonesport

By Dawn Gagnon and Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff
Posted May 13, 2011, at 2:36 p.m.

JONESPORT, Maine — A U.S. Coast Guard aircraft on routine patrol Friday afternoon spotted a large oil sheen off the coast at Jonesport near Hardwood Island.

Petty Officer Monika Gogola at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Portland confirmed Friday afternoon that the spill is in several locations and appeared to be about one mile long and 25 yards wide.

There was no debris in the water, simply a sheen on the surface.

A rescue boat from the Jonesport USCG station was sent to the area mid-afternoon to determine the cause. No boats were reported in the area and no boats were reported missing.

The source of the sheen remained unknown Friday night, according to Lt. Nick Barrow. He said that it dissipated on its own.

“It remains unconnected to any other incident or responsible party,” he said. “It was just a mystery sheen that we see pop up from time to time.”

Barrow said that in accordance with Coast Guard protocol, the sheen was reported to the National Response Center and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. He said samples were taken for the purposes of comparison should a similar incident occur in the future.

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