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Tugboat engineer charged with dumping oily waste into Lake Huron

Jun 3, 2016 11:50 AM

Jeffrey W. Patrick allegedly warned subordinates on Victory not to talk about the practice

The tug Victory with the barge James L. Kuber

Courtesy Upper Peninsula Breaking News

The tug Victory with the barge James L. Kuber

(BAY CITY, Mich.) — The chief engineer on a commercial tugboat has been indicted in connection with the discharge of oily waste into Lake Huron, Upper Peninsula Breaking News reported. According to a complaint authored by a special agent of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, Jeffrey W. Patrick warned subordinates on the tug Victory not to talk about replacing a broken oil collection system for the bilge with a faulty bypass. Patrick allegedly warned a crewmember “not to say anything to the Coast Guard” even as the USCG was raiding the tugboat. The discharges reportedly caused oil slicks over a six-week period from the middle of May to June 30, 2014.

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