Dutch Gap boat landing closed after oil spill
By Becky Robinette, Contributor
Apr 17, 2017, 08:17
PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT: Booms on the river early Monday morning.
CHESTER – The sun was shining bright, the temperature was moderate and river buffs and boaters were enjoying the scenic beauty of Dutch Gap Boat landing, off of Coxendale Road on Sunday, when suddenly an unwelcomed sheen on the river put a damper on everyone’s plans.
It all began around 4:30 p.m., when a boater spotted sheen on the river and called emergency communications.
Chesterfield County Police along with specialized teams, such as the Hazardous Materials Team, divers, medics, Enon Volunteer Fire Department Fire Boat and firefighters from Chesterfield Fire and EMS came to the rescue. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries along with the Coast Guard were also notified.
Police closed the boat landing area and boaters and citizens were told to evacuate the area.
“The oil spill was about 150 yards long and about 30 yards from shore,” said Lt. Jason Elmore, spokesman for Chesterfield Fire and EMS.
First, fire officials discussed the situation and came up with a plan for containing the spill. Enon’s Fire Boat was launched and booms were spread around the spill to keep it from spreading.
On Monday morning, the booms were still in place and clean up continued. The boat landing was now open.
Officials said with the initial investigation they believe the spill to be intentional.
Estimated cost of the removal is still being tallied. No injuries were reported and the investigation is ongoing.