November 4, 2008

Gasoline Barge Freed From High Ground

No fuel was spilled when a barge carrying gasoline went aground near the Detroit River's entrance to Lake Erie, said the U.S. Coast Guard.

The barge, carrying 3.9 million gallons of gasoline, was freed Monday after spending the night aground, Coast Guard Lt. Wade Hedinger said Monday.

The barge, en route to Montreal, was being pushed by a tugboat when it grounded just west of the Detroit River Light, a well-known channel marker near the river's mouth at Lake Erie.

"We have a marine inspector doing a post-grounding inspection just to check for any damages that might have been concealed by the fact that they were aground," Hedinger told the Detroit Free Press in a story published Tuesday.