The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management have released a draft plan to restore common loons and other birds that were killed and injured by the 2003 Bouchard Barge 120 oil spill in Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The plan is available for public comment through October 31, 2019.
New Bedford Harbor
Hazardous Waste Release |New Bedford Harbor, MA| 1940s – 1970s
New Bedford Harbor is a major commercial fishing port and industrial center in southeastern Massachusetts on Buzzards Bay. From the 1940s to the 1970s, manufacturers discharged wastes containing PCBs and toxic metals into New Bedford Harbor. This resulted in high levels of contamination throughout the waters, sediments, plants, and wildlife of the Harbor and parts of Buzzards Bay.
Bouchard Barge 120
On April 27, 2003, the tank barge Bouchard 120 hit a bedrock ledge in Buzzards Bay. The impact created a 12-foot rupture in the barge’s hull. An estimated 98,000 gallons of oil spilled into the coastal waters of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.