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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire fly over the Columbia and Willamette rivers Friday to get a bird's eye view of the derelict and abandoned vessels languishing in those waters. **UPDATE (Friday p.m.):** Kitzhaber and Gregoire return from flyover with reaction.
A Washington man and his company have been hit with a $405,000 fine for the 2011 oil spill in the Columbia River from the derelict vessel Davy Crockett.
A Washington man and his company have been hit with a $405,000 fine for the 2011 oil spill in the Columbia River from the derelict vessel Davy Crockett. Washington state also is charging him $680,000 in cleanup costs.
The U.S. Coast Guard and its contractors spent 10 months and $22 million removing the Davy Crockett barge from the Columbia River in 2011. Workers prevented a major environmental disaster, but an EarthFix investigation has found that state and federal officials could have prevented an oil spill and the need for a multi-million-dollar cleanup.
Crews are continuing to work on a cracked barge that's been abandoned in the Columbia River about 15 miles upstream from Vancouver.
Six weeks after a derelict barge showed up on a government-owned dock, officials are still trying to figure out how to get rid of it.
Nothing found here for derelict vessels