Stretch Of Ohio River Reopens After Fuel Oil Spill

Aug 20, 2014

Fuel oil contaminates Ohio River near Duke Energy plant
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A 15-mile section of the Ohio River closed for cleanup after a fuel oil spill has reopened to river traffic, with some restrictions. 

A Coast Guard spokesperson says river traffic in that section southeast of Cincinnati must receive Coast Guard clearance and maintain a safe speed as the cleanup continues. The spill was initially reported as about 5,000 to 8,000 gallons, but authorities on site have lowered the estimate to around 4,000 to 5,000 gallons.   A Duke Energy spokeswoman says the spill from a Duke power plant in New Richmond happened late Monday night during a fuel transfer and lasted about 10 to 15 minutes.