Officials investigating what caused oil dump near Dutch Gap Boat Landing

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Officials are continuing to investigate what caused an oil spill in the James River at Dutch Gap Boat Landing.

Fire officials said that they received a call about a sheen on the river in the area around 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

They arrived shortly thereafter to find what appeared to be motor oil that had been “dumped into the river from the shore.” Officials said the oil had spread to about 30 yards off shore and about 150 yards down river.

Fire officials said that they had boats and scuba teams in the river working to contain the material as much as possible, using containment booms.

The Coast Guard and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were notified.

The Chesterfield County Fire Marshall is working with police and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to investigate the incident.

Officials said they won’t know the official cause of the spill until their investigation is concluded, but stress the oil did not make it into the channel of the James River.

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