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Forum News Service, Published July 10 2013

Diesel fuel from truck accident reaches Lake Superior

LITTLE MARAIS, Minn. - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is monitoring the site of a small diesel fuel spill that reached Lake Superior near Little Marais after a truck accident Tuesday afternoon.

The driver of a semi lost control on Highway 61 and the truck rolled into the ditch. An estimated 80 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the truck’s fuel tanks into the ditch. Some of the fuel moved down the ditch nearly 1,000 feet and into the lake through a stormwater channel.

Crews blocked the flow of oil within an hour. There were no large pools of oil in the lake that could be recovered, but there were fuel odors and a petroleum sheen on rocks and in the water along about a quarter-mile of the North Shore, the PCA reported Wednesday.

Crews will continue to monitor the site and mop up any small accumulations they find for the next few days.

Residents in the area were notified of the spill Tuesday evening by cleanup crews and advised to avoid areas where there is an odor or sheen on the water or shore.