Tuesday, March 14, 2006, Standard-Times
Bouchard Transportation Co., whose oil spill in April 2003 prompted new protections in Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal, violated one of the major requirements of the oil spill prevention law twice last month by not using tug escorts for its barges, state environmental officials said.
The state Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice of noncompliance to the Melville, N.Y., company last week for trips by the Tug Barbara Bouchard on Feb. 11 and Feb. 18. Both times, the tug was pushing a barge with more than 6,000 gallons of oil through Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal without a tug escort, the DEP said in its notice... The 2003 Bouchard spill polluted 93 miles of shoreline, washing up gobs of oil on Buzzards Bay beaches. Besides killing at least 450 birds, it temporally shut down 180,000 acres of shellfish beds. At the time of Hill's sentencing last fall, the federal government estimated the cleanup cost at $38 million, with expectations that it would surpass $50 million...
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