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September 12, 1986

Favorable weather and quick cleanup work spared wildlife and wilderness shore areas from contamination by nearly 300,000 gallons of oil spilled by the tanker Viking Osprey in the Delaware River, the Coast Guard said. Officials restricted ship traffic on the river near Philadelphia as contractors hired by the ship's owners began scooping up the thin sheen of oil along a 15-mile stretch from Marcus Hook, Pa., to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The Coast Guard said it is investigating reports that the tanker hit bottom and ruptured.

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