Potomac Riverkeeper: Coast Guard links Potomac sheen to Dominion oil spill

An oil sheen that coated 8 miles of the Potomac River at its peak and killed 21 birds has been linked to a coolant leak at a Dominion Virginia Power facility, officials said on Friday.

The sheen appeared as the snow that had blanketed the Washington, DC, region in late January began to melt. Officials initially suggested it could be oily runoff from streets and parking lots. But Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks said he received a tip linking the oil sheen to a spill at the Dominion facility.

READ MORE: Bay Journal, February 12, 2016