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Oil seeping into bay gets long awaited fix

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Oil seeping into bay gets long awaited fix

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Work begins this week to contain oil that has been seeping from the R.G. Haley cleanup site into Bellingham Bay since last year.

The site is between the GP and Cornwall cleanup sites near the intersection of Cornwall Avenue and Wharf Street.

The city first put out a boom and absorbent pads to catch and contain the oil in December 2012.

Dustin Terpening with the state Department of Ecology says they had to work out a plan with the City of Bellingham before any fix could happen.

Play Dustin Terpening on oil containment

Crews will put a layer of clay, sand and gravel over a 5,000 square-foot area of the shoreline.

It will absorb the oil and keep it from seeping into the water.

It’s a temporary fix until the site-wide cleanup begins in 2015.