Maine Barge Accident Leads to Damariscotta River Oil Spill

On February 7, a barge sunk into the Damariscotta River leading to an oil spill, according to WCSH NBC 6 in Portland, Maine. The accident happened near an aquaculture farm in the village of Walpole, Maine around 8 a.m. No one was reported to have been injured in the accident.

After the accident, the barge sunk into the river and began leaking oil. A Lincoln County Hazmat team was called in to contain the oil spill. The team reported that due to the lack of wind and the tide, the oil was largely contained to the area around the aquaculture farm’s dock.

The hazmat team installed booms around the barge and further upriver to protect the aquaculture farm. The farm cultivates oysters, pumping ten thousand gallons of water from the river into holding tanks, which are used to grow 30 million oysters from the egg stage.

As of this report, the cause of the oil leak was still under investigation and no charges had yet been filed.

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Latti & Anderson’s Little Extra: According to, responders to the BP Oil Spill used 5.5 million feet of boom, a barrier placed in water to collect and absorb oil.

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