Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mystery Oil Slick Converges on Cape Girardeau; Origin Baffles Coast Guard

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mystery Oil Slick Converges on Cape Girardeau; Origin Baffles Coast Guard

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The Coast Guard is trying to trace the source of an oil spill on the Mississippi River that has floated from St. Louis to Cape Girardeau.

St. Louis residents first noticed - and smelled - the spill early Sunday. It traveled as far as Cape Girardeau by the next day, before it began dissipating.

On Thursday, the Coast Guard hired a private contractor to clean up a large pool of the oil trapped at the foot of Davis Street in St. Louis.

"It's a light oil, similar in appearance to fuel oil," said Chris Schulz of the Coast Guard. "We had a big sheen and heavy smell on Sunday, and then some workers at a dry dock noticed a pool of it trapped in debris."

The Coast Guard estimated that the initial spill was about 2,500 gallons, and said some 750 gallons - an oily slick 100 feet long and up to an inch thick - was trapped and being cleaned up. …

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