Diesel Fuel Leaks to Lake Superior from Overturned Semi (With Photos)

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Cleanup crews placed absorbent material across a drainage inlet and along the shore of Lake Superior north of Silver Bay where a small amount of diesel entered the lake Tuesday, June 9, after a semi overturned nearby and leaked fuel into a ditch connected to the lake. Residents in the area are advised to avoid the water as long as odors and/or sheen were present.

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    Cleanup crews placed absorbent material across a drainage inlet and along the shore of Lake Superior north of Silver Bay where a small amount of diesel entered the lake Tuesday, June 9, after a semi overturned nearby and leaked fuel into a ditch connected to the lake. Residents in the area are advised to avoid the water as long as odors and/or sheen were present.

    (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)

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July 10, 2013 Updated Jan 13, 2014 at 10:27 AM CST

Little Marais, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says fuel from a semi truck leaked into Lake Superior Tuesday afternoon.

The state patrol says the semi went into a ditch off Highway 61 near Little Marais, MN around 3:30pm.

MPCA spokespeople say between 75 to 80 gallons of fuel from the truck's tank seeped into the ground on the lake shore and drained into Lake Superior.

Within about two hours of the spill, crews had blocked the diesel moving down the ditch with absorbent booms. No recoverable amounts of fuel accumulated in the lake other than in some eddies created by rock formations along the shore.

Officials say that there were fuel odors and a petroleum sheen on the rocks and in the water along some 1,350 feet of shoreline Tuesday evening.

Crews will continue to monitor the site and mop up any small accumulations they find for the next few days.

Residents in the area were notified of the spill Tuesday evening by cleanup crews and advised to avoid areas where there is an odor or sheen on the water or shore.

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