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UPDATE - St. Croix Oil Spill Clean-Up 85% Complete

(Friday, January 29, 2016)

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority reports that the clean-up of over 50 gallons of oil, from the waters just off its Estate Richmond fuel dock, is approximately 85% complete as of early this morning. "Crews worked throughout the night to remove spilled oil from both the waters around the fuel dock where the greater volume of oil existed and along the shore line between the power plant and Estate Watergut," according to WAPA Acting Chief Executive Officer Julio Rhymer. Rhymer estimated that by sunset today the cleanup will be completed. He said throughout the evening on Thursday, crews placed absorbent pads and other materials along the shoreline to capture the oil which formed a light sheen on the water surface. A containment boom and similar absorbent materials were used around the fuel dock to remove the spilled oil.

A determination will be made as to why oil/water separation equipment at the power plant became overwhelmed causing the spill late Thursday morning. WAPA is working alongside the United States Coast Guard and other federal and local government regulatory agencies during the cleanup operation.