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News Release

August 28, 2012

Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes


Office: (216) 902-6020

Mobile: (216) 310-2608

UPDATE/PHOTO: Coast Guard continues to support EPA in clean up of jet fuel spill on Calumet Sag Channel


Aerial footage from a Coast Guard overflight of boom deployed across the Calumet Sag Channel, Aug. 28, 2012.

Light silver sheen is visible and debris and organic material has collected in the boom. 

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Bassett

CHICAGO — The Coast Guard continues to support the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday in response to a ruptured pipeline, which caused pollution near the Calumet Sag Channel in Palos Park, Ill., which occurred Monday morning.

The Coast Guard expects that the current restrictions to the safety zone on the Calumet Sag Channel will be lifted by 8 p.m., which will re-open the channel to all vessel traffic from mile marker 304 to 311.5.

The Coast Guard conducted a thorough analysis and observation of the affected areas and deemed the waterway safe for transit. 

"Although the restrictions have been lifted, mariners are urged to transit the area with caution as clean-up operations are still ongoing," said Coat Guard Lt. Leslie Downing, public affairs officer at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago. 

"Safety to the responders is paramount as they work diligently to ensure an efficient and effective clean up."

The EPA is estimating that the clean up of the channel and surrounding areas could take up to three days to complete.

The cause of the spill is still unknown and remains under investigation by the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

West Shore Pipe Line, owner of the pipeline, has established a claims center hotline for anyone who feels they have been affected by the spill.  Those individuals can contact the claims center between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CDT using the hotline at 866-837-5016.

For more information, contact Marine Safety Unit Chicago at 630-986-2155.

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