UPDATE – Fuel barge aground near Hood River, Ore.

The lightering operations will commence at first light on Friday morning.

Tidewater and Coast Guard personnel inspected the double hull of the barge and found no damage resulting from this incident. There has been no release of any cargo into the Columbia River and no impact to the environment. The cause of the grounding is still under investigation by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard continues to work with state and local agencies, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality and Washington State Department of Ecology to ensure a safe conclusion to the incident.

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