October 1, 2022
US Coast Guard responding to 5300-gallon oil spill in St. Marys River

The 5,300-glallon spill originated from Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. Oil was spilling into the St. Marys River, officials said.

Initial Coast Guard estimates show a sheen that covers an area from the steel mill to the north side of Sugar Island. No injuries have been reported and the river has since reopened for commercial traffic, the Coast Guard said.

“We’re working in lock-step with our Canadian, American, and tribal partners to ensure the sanctity of our river,” Captain Anthony Jones, Commander, Sector Sault Ste. Marie said.

“A quantity of oil left our site early this morning and entered the adjacent waterway. The source of the spill has been safely contained,” Brenda Stenta, manager of communications and branding for the steel company, said in a statement to CTV.

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