By Kate Wells, Michigan Radio News
The Coast Guard has contained the diesel fuel spilled from the barge and tug that sank in Lake Huron yesterday. They say it's too soon to know how much fuel got into the water, or what caused the incident. They sank off the coast of Lakeport, Michigan.
So far, there are no reports of health problems or impact to wildlife, and drinking water is safe, says Coast Guard spokesman Levi Read.
"There is a strong diesel smell in the air, but the health department is keeping track of that and they'll let people know when it's really at a dangerous level, but we're hoping to prevent that. But right now we're recommending people in those areas to stay inside as much as possible with their windows and doors closed," says Read.
The barge was carrying between 1500 to 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, according to the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Spokesman Levi Read says now, rising temperatures would help.
"The warmer it gets, it will help the process as well. Because the diesel fuel will evaporate into the air," says Read.