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Source of New Bedford diesel fuel spill still unknown

Authorities are trying to determine the source of a significant diesel fuel spill in New Bedford Harbor.

A state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman says the spill of between 100 and 200 gallons of diesel fuel was reported at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

"Until we find the source of the actual leak we don't have an action plan at this time we're just trying to contain it, we haven't been able to stop the leak if there is a leak," said Paul Coderre of the New Bedford Fire Department.

The Coast Guard as well as state and local authorities deployed absorbent booms to contain the spill, which was then soaked up with absorbent padding.

The spill covered a large area near the bridge connecting New Bedford to Fairhaven.

The source of the spill remains under investigation and authorities are asking anyone who knows anything to come forward.

Miles Grant of the National Wildlife Federation heard the words oil spill and came running. He witnessed the Gulf oil spill and the Arkansas Tarsans spill first hand.

"This is a harbor that people in this area fought so hard to preserve and bring back, and now to see an oil spill in an area where people fought so hard to preserve the fisheries we're really concerned about that," Grant said.

And it's not just the environment he's concerned about.

"If I was a boat owner I'd be worried about getting the oil off my boat because this stuff sticks," Grant said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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