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Image : Oil in Our Coastal Back Yard

Location: Buzzards Bay, off West Falmouth, Mass.
Date: September 16, 1969

Lat./Long.: 41°35'57.60"N, 70°41'47.88"W
Material spilled: No. 2 fuel oil
Amount spilled: 189,000 gallons
Spill extent: **
 98,000 gallons of fuel oil were spilled
At least 98,000 gallons of fuel oil were spilled into the waters west of Cape Cod, Mass. in April 2003 after the barge Bouchard 120struck an underwater ledge in Buzzards Bay. The accident prompted legislators in Massachusetts to increase fines for oil spills, implement new safety standards and navigational rules, and impose a two-cent per barrel fee to establish a fund for oil spill response and training. (Photo by Kevin Mingora, Cape Cod Times)


Last updated: July 28, 2014

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