About 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a rooftop generator at Bond Street Wharf into the Fells Point harbor Sunday, Maryland environmental officials said.
The fuel leaked into the water from a stormwater outfall at Bond Street, Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman Jay Apperson said. Officials believe 75-100 gallons of the red-dyed fuel reached the Patapsco River.
MDE's Emergency Response Division contained the spill with a boom, a temporary floating barrier used to contain oil, and used absorbent materials to recover oil from the water, Apperson said.
The Bond Street Wharf building's management hired environmental contractor Clean Venture to perform the cleanup under the supervision of the U.S. Coast Guard, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala.
Officials at Harbor East Management Group, which oversees the property, said they are "working rigorously to resolve the issue" alongside the Coast Guard, MDE and Clean Venture.
"Due to the responsiveness of this collaborative effort, the spill was quickly contained to a confined area and cleanup has been successful," the company said in a statement. "We are in the final stages of remediation and will make every effort over the next few days to effect a thorough resolution."
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