Oil leak found in post flood Tennessee (2)

16:01, May 05, 2010      

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A worker puts fabric on the shore of a flooded area to absorb oil slick in Nashville, Tennessee, May 4, 2010. A potentially damaging oil leak was found Tuesday in flood-ravaged Nashville, capital of U.S. state Tennessee. (Xinhua/Wang Fengfeng)

"They don’t know why yet, they are just trying to get a remedy as quickly as possible,”she said, noting more information could become available Wednesday.

The Coast Guard was assisting local authorities in their efforts. Jason Kuriaen, a Coast Guard member said they are trying to identify the source of the spill, as local workers focused on mitigating the impact of the oil spill.

He said the spill seemed to be a mixture of waste oil and oily sludge, and they are still in the process of making contact with companies in the area and gathering information.

Kuriaen explained that if the waste oil finds its way into the river, it could harm local environment.

“We are trying to prevent the oil from impacting the river.”

The United States is responding to a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which President Barack Obama has said could become an unprecedented environmental disaster.

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