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DEP, fish commission probe sheen on Monongahela

July 21, 2014
Associated Press

DRAVOSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the state Fish and Boat Commission have been investigating an oily sheen on the Monongahela River near Pittsburgh.

The sheen appeared Sunday morning near the W. D. Mansfield Bridge in Dravosburg.

DEP spokesman John Poister estimated about 36 gallons of a petroleum-based substance was causing the sheen, which stretched about a mile along the river, but was dissipated as runoff from recent rains increased the river's flow in the area.

Pennsylvania American Water draws drinking water from the river, but used booms to keep the oily substance out of its water intakes.

Alvin Henderson, chief of Allegheny County's Department of Emergency Services, say some fish were killed in the area.

A search for the source of the oily substance continued Monday.



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