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300 gallons of diesel spill at Port of Gulfport

Environmental officials say they expect no more problems after 300 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled at the state Port of Gulfport’s East Pier.

About 5 a.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard was notified there had been a spill at the Gulfport Harbor.

Lt. Elizabeth Tatum tells The Sun Herald the spill occurred during the transfer of fuel from a barge to an offshore supply vessel.

The cleanup took more than eight hours. However, incident response won’t be considered finished until personnel from the state Department of Environmental Quality and Coast Guard return to the site of the spill Thursday to make sure the cleanup is complete.

DEQ spokesman Ernie Shirley said the agency does not expect any adverse effect.


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