Diesel spill at marina caused sheen

TRAVERSE CITY — Officials think a boat leaked diesel fuel this week and caused a sheen to blossom across the water at the city’s Duncan L. Clinch Marina.

The sheen spread Tuesday and spread to about 60 feet long and 42 feet wide, an official at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality said today.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a call and investigated the incident. They furnished a report to the DEQ that said the spill was cleaned up before they arrived.

Brian Jankowski, a district supervisor for the DEQ in Cadillac, said it was unclear how much diesel spilled into the bay.

“You’ve got this rainbow sheen on the surface, but that can be very thin and an extremely small amount of material,” Jankowski said. “Someone could spill half a cup and you could have a sheen five times that size.”

Check Saturday’s Record-Eagle for more information.