Case: North Cape, RI
Date of incident: January 19, 1996.
Location: Moonstone Beach, Rhode Island.
Case status: Restoration under way.
Overview: On January 19, 1996, the tank barge North Cape and the
tug Scandia grounded on Moonstone Beach
in southern Rhode Island after the tug caught fire, spilling an
estimated 828,000 gallons of home heating oil. Oil spread throughout
a large area of Block Island Sound, including Trustom Pond National
Wildlife Refuge, resulting in the closure of a 250-square mile
area of the Sound for fishing. Hundreds of oiled birds were recovered
in the weeks following the spill and large numbers of dead lobsters,
surf clams and sea stars were found on area beaches.