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Fredericksburg probes coating on bodies of water

UPDATE 3:19 p.m.: Preliminary testing of the material causing the sheen indicates it is not petroleum based, according to a press release.

UPDATE: Doug Fawcett, the city’s public works director, said the city got a report early Wednesday evening that somebody had noticed an oil sheen on the river around the City Dock.

He said that it was traced up the river and appears to be coming down the Rappahannock Canal and into the river.

“We have personnel on site right now trying to pinpoint the source of it and we’re not sure what the source is,” he said.

He said it’s not a slick, but a thin sheen of oil on the surface.

The oil sheen on the river won’t affect the quality of drinking water, as there are no drinking water intakes in the vicinity, he said.


Fredericksburg officials are investigating an oil sheen on the surface of the Rappahannock Canal, Gayles Pond, Cossey Pond and the Rappahannock River downstream from the Rappahannock Canal outfall to the river, according to a press release.

Public works and fire department officials are working to determine the source. The volume of oil is unknown.

Fishing has been prohibited at the Cossey Pond until further notice.


Details to come.