KENOVA, W.Va. — A West Virginia National Guard team has joined the response to an oil spill from a sunken towboat in the Big Sandy River just south of Kenova, on the West Virginia-Kentucky border.
The Guard’s 35th Civil Support Team is providing personnel for environmental sampling and monitoring as a part of their on-scene support to the U.S. Coast Guard, according to a state National Guard official.
Chief Warrant Officer Chris Blank with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Huntington Marine Safety Unit said the unit was notified about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday that the motor vessel “Gate City” from Gate City River Transportation of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, had partially sunk at its mooring just south of Kenova in Wayne County and was leaking some type of oil.
“There was 5,000 gallons of unknown oil on the vessel, but we’re not sure at this point how much has leaked into the river,” Blank said.
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