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    Oil sludge oozes into Des Plaines RiverStory Highlights
    About 4,500 to 6,000 gallons of sludge leaked into the river Sunday

    The incident killed an unspecified number of wildlife, U.S. Coast Guard said

    Coast Guard, EPA coordinating efforts to contain the spill

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    CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- Thousands of gallons of oil sludge are being cleaned up along a 3-mile section of the Des Plaines River early Monday, following a spill a day earlier that had forced a temporary closure of the river.

    About 4,500 to 6,000 gallons of sludge leaked into the river Sunday, the result of a 65,000-gallon spill from a holding tank at a Caterpillar facility in Joliet. Most of the sludge from the heavy-equipment manufacturer ended up on land.

    The thousands of gallons that leaked into the river killed an unspecified number of wildlife -- "nothing bigger than your hand," mostly fish and frogs, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman William Mitchell said early Monday.

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    WLS: Oil spill cleanup to take 3 days, official says
    The river reopened to traffic Sunday evening, though watercraft were limited to passing through the area in single file.

    The Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency were coordinating efforts to contain the spill, including the use of a containment boom and vacuum trucks.

    In a written statement, Caterpillar acknowledged the spill but did not offer specifics.

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    Oil sludge oozes into Des Plaines RiverStory Highlights
    About 4,500 to 6,000 gallons of sludge leaked into the river Sunday

    The incident killed an unspecified number of wildlife, U.S. Coast Guard said

    Coast Guard, EPA coordinating efforts to contain the spill

    Next Article in U.S. »




    CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- Thousands of gallons of oil sludge are being cleaned up along a 3-mile section of the Des Plaines River early Monday, following a spill a day earlier that had forced a temporary closure of the river.

    About 4,500 to 6,000 gallons of sludge leaked into the river Sunday, the result of a 65,000-gallon spill from a holding tank at a Caterpillar facility in Joliet. Most of the sludge from the heavy-equipment manufacturer ended up on land.

    The thousands of gallons that leaked into the river killed an unspecified number of wildlife -- "nothing bigger than your hand," mostly fish and frogs, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman William Mitchell said early Monday.

    Don't Miss
    WLS: Oil spill cleanup to take 3 days, official says
    The river reopened to traffic Sunday evening, though watercraft were limited to passing through the area in single file.

    The Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency were coordinating efforts to contain the spill, including the use of a containment boom and vacuum trucks.

    In a written statement, Caterpillar acknowledged the spill but did not offer specifics.

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