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North Cape Oil Spill Restoration
On January 19, 1996, the tug Scandia and barge North Cape, carrying 3.9 million gallons of two blends of No. 2 fuel oil, grounded off Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Approximately 828,000 gallons of oil were released to coastal waters. With high winds and heavy wave action, the oil was carried into sediments and throughout the water column, spreading throughout Block Island Sound and South County coastal salt ponds. The spill resulted in the loss of:
In August 2000, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (Trustees) reached a settlement agreement with the insurer of the companies responsible for the North Cape oil spill. As part of the settlement, the responsible party agreed to implement a lobster restoration project and to pay:
NOAA. Case: North Cape Oil Spill
State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. News Release - North Cape Oil Spill Trustees and Industry Successfully Complete North Cape Lobster Restoration Program (August 2006)