WV National Guard to support clean up in Big Sandy River

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia National Guard’s 35th Civil Support Team (CST) is providing support to local responding agencies working an oil spill from a sunken towboat along the Big Sandy River. 

The 35th CST is providing personnel for environmental sampling and monitoring as a part of their on-scene support to the U. S. Coast Guard.

“The West Virginia National Guard is committed to assisting our civil authorities as they work through this response effort,” said Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer, the Adjutant General of the WVNG. “This is a core component of what we do in the National Guard – help out our citizens and partner agencies throughout the State whenever they need us.”

The 35th CST supports the State of West Virginia and civil authorities in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives (CBRNE) domestic incident by identifying unknown agents or substances at a site, assessing current and project consequences, advising on response measures and assisting with the appropriate request for additional state and federal support.


BUTLER, WV (WOWK) – The Coast Guard is responding to a sunken ship discharging oil on the Big Sandy River near Butler, West Virginia. 

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Huntington received a report at around 7:40 on the morning of Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 that the motor vessel Gate City sunk at its mooring and was releasing oil into the Big Sandy River with a maximum potential of 5,000 gallons of Oil.

A Marine Safety Unit Huntington pollution response team arrived on scene and is working with the oil spill response organization Weavertown to deploy boom and contain the oil and begin cleanup operations.

Neptune Marine Survey is also on scene accessing the vessel and developing a plan to remove any remaining oil from the vessel.

The Coast Guard, along with West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, are investigating the incident.

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