Bouchard Barge 120


Silhouette of a common loon swimming on the surface of a river as the sun sets. Photo: Joseph Sands, USFWS.

Out For Public Input: Draft Plan to Restore Birds Killed, Injured by 2003 Oil Spill

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management have released a draft plan to restore common loons and other birds (PDF, 71 pages) that were killed and injured by the 2003 Bouchard Barge 120 oil spill in Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Tug boats assist in the response to Bouchard Barge No. 120.

Public Comment Sought for Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Restoration Planning Document

NOAA and its co-Trustee agencies addressing natural resource damages from the 2003 Bouchard Barge 120 oil spill are seeking input from the public on proposed projects to restore shoreline and aquatic resources in Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastal waters affected by the spill.

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Cleanup workers collect oiled debris from sand beach, South Dartmouth, MA.

Bouchard Barge 120

On April 27, 2003, the tank barge Bouchard 120 hit a bedrock ledge in Buzzards Bay. The impact created a 12-foot rupture in the barge’s hull. An estimated 98,000 gallons of oil spilled into the coastal waters of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.