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Coast Guard responds to oil spill on St. Mary’s River

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SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (MPRN)— The U.S. Coast Guard is working with its Canadian counterparts to clean up an oil spill on the St. Mary’s River.

Officials say as much as 5,300 gallons of gear oil was released into the river from Canada’s Algoma Steel.

Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer Greg Schell says the company secured the source of the leak, but not before oil spread into a three-mile sheen on the river’s surface.

“Initial Coast Guard estimates show that a sheen covered the area from Algoma Steel Mill to just north of Sugar Island.”

The Coast Guard says no one was injured in the oil spill, and there have not been any reports of oiled wildlife.