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Gwynn's Falls; Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland | 1985-Dec-01

Initial Notification: In April 1985, the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office (MSO), Baltimore, received a report that oil was seeping out of a small embankment into the waters of Gwynn's Falls, which drains into the Patapsco River about five miles downstream. Coast Guard investigators determined that the leak was caused by an underground oil spill from an unknown source. The Coast Guard initiated interim containment and cleanup measures, consisting primarily of an earthen berm containment area, sorbent boom, and pads. USCG district 5.

Incident Details
Products of concern:Underground oil
Latitude (approximate): 39° 17.95′ North
Longitude (approximate): 76° 36.87′ West