Officials are responding to an oil spill on Hood Canal in Washington's Puget Sound. The spill occurred at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Monday and has spread North along Hood Canal.
State agencies estimate that up to 2,000 gallons of oil was spilled when a ship was pumping out oily discharge at the naval pier. The pier-side transfer system failed and overflowed. Initially the Navy estimated that 150 gallons spilled, but other agencies dispute that amount. The Washington department of Ecology has conducted fly-overs and said that the sheen has spread as far as the Hood Canal Bridge, 10 miles north of the base. The Navy did not immediately respond to requests for an interview. There are no documented impacts to wildlife at this point, but the Department of Health has advised against harvesting shellfish from the affected area.
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