Response teams’ efforts have been two-pronged: trying to contain spills in the water and working on a plan to remove the ship. Skimmers and absorbent materials have been used to soak up oil in the water, while booms have been placed around sensitive areas to protect them.
Earlier this month, significant amounts of pollutants continued to flow from the ship into surrounding waterways, putting environmental advocates and local boat captains on high alert.
Divers have worked to locate and patch a tank on the vessel that was leaking pollutants. As of early October, the oil had traveled from the boat to within 2.5 miles of the shore.