Location: Buzzards Bay off Westport, Mass.
Material spilled: No. 6 fuel oil
Amount spilled: approx. 98,000 gallons
Spill extent: more than 90 miles of shoreline
A large portion of the released oil washed ashore at Barneys Joy beach in Dartmouth the next day, but because of shifting winds and rough seas in the days following the spill, oil continued to wash ashore for more than two weeks, eventually oiling more than 90 miles of shoreline.
Early research showed that several groups of hydrocarbon compounds were initially lost to evaporation, water washing, and microbial degradation. Degradation of oil, however, appeared to stall in the first six months after the initial breakup.
From Oceanus Magazine
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An oil spill on WHOI's shores set the stage for advances in the science of cleaning up
MultimediaBouchard 120 Oil Spill
Images from the 2003 oil spill in Buzzards Bay, Mass.