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Mich. Oil Spill Shuts River

April 16, 2002

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DETROIT (AP) _ A mysterious spill of more than 10,000 gallons of oil closed the Rouge River for the third straight day Monday as officials tried to determine the source.

At its worst last week, the spill spread to about 27 miles of coastline on the Rouge, as well as the U.S. and Canadian sides of the Detroit River. About two miles of Rouge River coastline still needed to be cleaned.

``All the oil that has been spilled has been contained in the Rouge River,″ Coast Guard spokesman Paul Roszkowski said. ``Anything that made it out into the Detroit River has been cleaned up or flushed out naturally.″

The cleanup could last three to six weeks and cost more than $2 million, officials estimated.

Authorities believed the oil was industrial-grade waste oil. Samples from oil at Detroit-area facilities were being tested to see if they matched the oil in the river.

About 70 birds have been found with oil on their feathers, said Dan Sheill, special agent with the U.S Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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