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5,000-8,000 gallons of fuel oil spills into Ohio River

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Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, closing about a 15-mile section of the waterway southeast of Cincinnati.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman says that the section of river was closed to river traffic Tuesday to enable cleanup and response. A Duke Energy spokeswoman says the spill from a Duke substation in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati, happened late Monday night.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen says the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted 10 to 15 minutes before it was stopped.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Katherine Cameron says the spill is considered medium-sized. That designation applies to inland leaks between 1,000 and 10,000 gallons of oil. Officials are working to determine the exact extent of the spill.

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