coast guard to use dye to investigate mysterious oil spill coating potomac river - biodegradable absorbent material
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The Potomac River near Washington, D. C. stretches for a mile, including Virginia's cockroach run waterbird sanctuary, which is considered the area where oil is starting to emerge.
At least 21 geese and several ducks were found to be covered with oil, NBC Washington reported.
Since then, the Coast Guard has erected floating barriers and absorbent materials at sites where oily luster is seen entering the river.
Starting Monday, the service is working with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the energy and environment department in the region to conduct dye tests while cockroaches run to track emissions in the rainwater discharge network.
"We want to inform people to alleviate public concerns that they may see the dye in the water and mistake it for something else, coast Guard Commander Michael Keane said in a statement.
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While it is believed that the oil light was first discovered on Wednesday and most of the time disappeared over the weekend, an oil field team announced on Sunday that a possible new water source was flowing into the Waterbird sanctuary.
A Coast Guard lab is testing oil samples taken from cockroaches to try to determine where it came from.
Samples are being tested with samples of 31,500-
A gallon of mineral oil leaked from Virginia Dominion Power Plant.
Dominion is working together, but there is no evidence that the recent leak came from their facility.
Officials say the oily substance has no negative effect on drinking water in the area.
However, environmental activists are concerned that the leak could cause damage to Potomac's Fish and Wildlife.