Oil Spill Expected to Cause Minimal Impact to Washington Channel

By Allison Klein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 20, 2007; 4:24 PM

A problem at a heating plant in Southwest Washington caused as much as 500 gallons of heating oil to seep into the Washington Channel this afternoon, according to D.C. fire officials.

The spill of diesel fuel No. 2, which was found in the 1200 bock of Water Street SW at about noon, was contained by emergency workers and should be cleaned up by a contractor, said Alan Etter, spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.

"We expect minimal impact to the environment," Etter said.

The fuel escaped from the U.S. General Services Administration's central heating and refrigeration plant at 13 and C streets SW, Etter said. The fuel got into several storm drains, and emptied into the channel, he said.

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