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January 8, 1994 | From Associated Press
About 750,000 gallons of heating oil spilled into the sea after a barge ran into a reef just offshore Friday, blackening about a mile of golden beaches and theatening to disrupt the island's tourism industry. "I just don't believe it. I walked down here just ready to lay in the sun. This is terrible," said Betty Sue Cooper of Dallas, looking woefully upon the Caribe Hilton beach, where the sand was coated with slimy black oil. The water glimmered black. The Morris J.
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January 16, 1994 | Associated Press
The U.S. Coast Guard towed a still-leaking oil barge from the Puerto Rican coast and sunk it Saturday night in a deep canyon under the high seas of the Atlantic Ocean, officials said. The damaged Morris J. Berman barge went down in 6,000 feet of water in the Puerto Rican Trench, one of the deepest spots in the Atlantic, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
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January 10, 1994 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Salvage workers continued their efforts Sunday to siphon oil from a leaking barge that ran aground near a major tourist area. At the same time, crews armed with skimmers and vacuum pumps worked to clean three miles of beachfront blackened by the spill. "I think the cleanup is going remarkably well for the magnitude of the accident," said Gov. Pedro Rossello, who added that he thought the spill had caused only a "temporary setback" to Puerto Rican tourism.
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January 10, 1994 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Salvage workers continued their efforts Sunday to siphon oil from a leaking barge that ran aground near a major tourist area. At the same time, crews armed with skimmers and vacuum pumps worked to clean three miles of beachfront blackened by the spill. "I think the cleanup is going remarkably well for the magnitude of the accident," said Gov. Pedro Rossello, who added that he thought the spill had caused only a "temporary setback" to Puerto Rican tourism.
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January 16, 1994 | Associated Press
The U.S. Coast Guard towed a still-leaking oil barge from the Puerto Rican coast and sunk it Saturday night in a deep canyon under the high seas of the Atlantic Ocean, officials said. The damaged Morris J. Berman barge went down in 6,000 feet of water in the Puerto Rican Trench, one of the deepest spots in the Atlantic, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
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January 9, 1994 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cleanup crews began mopping up a three-mile stretch of prime tourist beach fouled with oil from a leaking barge, while officials launched a delicate salvage operation to pump the remaining oil from the vessel, which was lodged precariously on an offshore reef Saturday. "This is a dangerous operation," said U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Robert Ross of the salvage attempt taking place just 300 yards from two of this island's major tourist hotels. "We want to make sure we don't hurt or kill anybody."
NEWS
January 9, 1994 | From Associated Press
About 750,000 gallons of heating oil spilled into the sea after a barge ran into a reef just offshore here Friday, blackening about a mile of this city's golden beaches and threatening to disrupt the island's tourist industry. "I just don't believe it. I walked down here just ready to lay in the sun. This is terrible," said Betty Sue Cooper of Dallas, looking woefully onto the Caribe Hilton beach, where the sand was coated with slimy black oil. The water glimmered black. The Morris J.
NEWS
January 9, 1994 | From Associated Press
About 750,000 gallons of heating oil spilled into the sea after a barge ran into a reef just offshore here Friday, blackening about a mile of this city's golden beaches and threatening to disrupt the island's tourist industry. "I just don't believe it. I walked down here just ready to lay in the sun. This is terrible," said Betty Sue Cooper of Dallas, looking woefully onto the Caribe Hilton beach, where the sand was coated with slimy black oil. The water glimmered black. The Morris J.
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January 9, 1994 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cleanup crews began mopping up a three-mile stretch of prime tourist beach fouled with oil from a leaking barge, while officials launched a delicate salvage operation to pump the remaining oil from the vessel, which was lodged precariously on an offshore reef Saturday. "This is a dangerous operation," said U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Robert Ross of the salvage attempt taking place just 300 yards from two of this island's major tourist hotels. "We want to make sure we don't hurt or kill anybody."
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January 8, 1994 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A thin coating of oil covered some beaches here and the usually fragrant sea breezes carried the smell of petroleum Friday night after a barge ran aground on a reef just offshore and spilled about half its load, chasing tourists away at the height of the vacation season. About 750,000 gallons of No. 6 heavy heating oil spilled from the Morris J. Burman barge, which was carrying more than 1.5 million gallons of oil.
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