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FIRST ON 3: Crews can’t find source oil leak on Wilmington riverfront

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Crews investigated an oil leak this morning along the Wilmington riverfront. The Coast Guard and Wilmington Fire Department were called out around 9 a.m. after someone walking along the Riverwalk spotted the oil in the Cape Fear River.

Crews looked for the source of the petroleum in front of Chandler’s Wharf on Water Street and under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

Firefighters say leaks are relatively common along the river.

“It does happen with the industry that is down here,” WFD Capt. William Garner said. “The fuel tank farms, the dredging that is going on right now, the tug boats that run; just a lot of river traffic. We may get a call a couple times a year, but it’s always minimum.”

The fire department says it does not know where the oil came from.

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