New England Field Office
Conserving the Nature of New England



Environmental Contaminants Bouchard Barge No. 120 (Buzzards Bay) Oil Spill

On April 27, 2003, the Bouchard Barge No. 120 released up to 98,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil into Buzzards Bay. Approximately 100 miles of shoreline in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were oiled to varying degrees.

Several hundred birds were killed. The nesting season for two federally protected species of birds was affected by the oil spill. Recreational uses of the Bay, such as shellfishing, were temporarily closed. The natural resource damage assessment is currently ongoing.

The Natural Resource Trustees working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on this case include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the State of Rhode Island.

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Last updated: September 16, 2009