Officials Determine Source Of Oil Leak In River

Posted at 7:42 AM, Aug 02, 2016

Crews were called to the riverfront after heavy rains caused 5-gallons of petroleum to leak into the Cumberland River. 

Early Tuesday morning, a large portion of the river along Riverfront Park was discolored by the liquid. 

Officials said the source of the spill was caused by runoff from city drainage caused by the overnight rainfall. 

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At one time, the affected area stretched all the way from Nissan Stadium to the Koran Veterans Bridge. 

They requested containment booms from the U.S. Coast Guard to help contain the spill. However, the liquid began to dissipate naturally. 

Crews did not have to shut down the river. There were no restrictions to vessel traffic.