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Sun Oct 25, 2015, 03:13 PM

 

Crews To Begin Hunt For Oil Leak Near Sunken Barge In Lake Erie

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press
TOLEDO, Ohio

c for the source of what appears to be a petroleum leak coming from a century-old sunken barge recently found in the water near the U.S.-Canadian border, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday.

Shipwreck hunters think the leaking solvent is from a tanker barge that went down near Ohio's Kelleys Island during a storm nearly 80 years ago.

It would be a significant discovery if the vessel turns out to be the Argo, one of 87 shipwrecks on the federal registry created two years ago to identify the most serious pollution threats to U.S. waters.

Divers plan to explore the wreckage on Monday to see if they can find and seal the leak, which appears to involve a colorless, petroleum-based solvent that evaporates quickly once it reaches the surface, said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Migliorini.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article41382417.html#storylink=cpy

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