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Crews cleaning up petroleum spill in Detroit-area river

January 4, 2020 GMT

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Suburban Detroit officials said Saturday that they haven’t determined the source of a spill or leak of up to 100 gallons (379 liters) of petroleum into a waterway as crews tried to clean it up.

Macomb County officials said in a release that a resident spotted a sheen Friday on the Clinton River in Clinton Township. Officials traced it to a relief drain in Warren.

Absorbent booms were being used to collect the petroleum, and officials said the booms will remain in place until the water is clear.

“This incident shows how all of our storm water drains are part of one larger system. Here’s a spill that happened in Warren and was seen in the river some 5 or 10 miles away on the way out to Lake St. Clair,” said Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller. “And make no mistake, if we do find the responsible party for this spill, we will be seeking to recoup the costs and take other actions as appropriate.”