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Update: Duke Energy crews cleaning up Ohio River oil spill

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) workers made progress overnight after approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River at W.C. Beckjord coal-fired power station.

“We’re working around the clock to rapidly and fully restore the affected section of the Ohio River and coordinating closely with local officials to make sure that drinking water continues to remain safe,” said Lynn Good, president and CEO of Duke Energy. “We take responsibility for the cleanup and the well being of the communities we serve.”

The company said it will continue cleanup operations around-the-clock and work closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and local agencies.

Among the cleanup efforts, Duke mobilized three vessels on the river that have deployed nearly 2,000 feet of oil-containment booms to contain and help collect the oil.

The spill occurred Aug. 18 as fuel oil was being transferred to the W.C. Beckjord Station.

According to Duke, the oil spilled into the river for nearly 15 minutes at the site located in Clermont County, Ohio.

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