Fuel spill affects James River at Richmond Deep Water Terminal

Photo Credit: Devin Moeller

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is working on a cleanup on the James River in the area of the Richmond Deep Water Terminal because of a fuel spill that occurred August 23.

The spill occurred when a tanker truck overturned while making a turn from Commerce road to Interstate 95.

Fuel spilled from the tanker, which contained gasoline and diesel fuel, and some of it entered a storm drain along the road.

Fuel from the storm drain outfall then entered the James River at the deep water terminal.

The tanker was carrying about 7,500 gallons of fuel; of that, 650 gallons were recovered from the tanker and 2,700 gallons were recovered from the road.

Storm drains in the area were inspected Tuesday, and absorbent booms were placed in the river to contain the fuel. A fuel sheen has been observed along the shoreline of the river for at least one-half mile, but most of the fuel is expected to evaporate today.

Some of the fuel has accumulated along the shore. DEQ will determine how to address this while also ensuring the removal of fuel from the storm outfall.

According to Dominion, there’s no immediate environmental or other effects have been observed. DEQ is coordinating the cleanup with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the city of Richmond and the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as cleanup contractors.

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