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Coast Guard Begins Digging Toward Likely Source Of Columbia River Oil Sheen


Workers operate on a pier in Astoria that is the likely source of an oil leak on the Columbia River.

Workers operate on a pier in Astoria that is the likely source of an oil leak on the Columbia River.

Colin Murphy/The Daily Astorian

The Coast Guard began chipping away Monday at a dilapidated pier that likely holds the source of an oil sheen on the Columbia River.

After the first of what will likely be a multi-day effort, officials offered more detail about what may have caused the spill.

The sheen was first reported Jan. 18 near the Cannery Pier Hotel. It has been concentrated near the hotel but was visible about 5 miles along the river at its peak.

Other affected areas — including the Hammond Mooring Basin — have been cleaned up, while a containment boom has been placed near the hotel. Oil has also been spotted on boats in the area.

Read the whole story at The Daily Astorian.

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