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May 02, 2016

Reports: Oil sheen spotted in Schuylkill River in Philadelphia

Police, fire crews attempting to determine origin of spill

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01252016_schuylkill_spill_OEM Source/Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management tweeted out this photo of the oil spill on the Schuylkill River at Chestnut Street on Monday.

Officials with the Philadelphia police and fire departments are investigating after an oil sheen was reportedly spotted Monday afternoon in the Schuylkill River in Center City.

According to 6ABC, the sheen was found in the river around 4 p.m. between the Spring Garden and Chestnut Street bridges.

Hazmat crews and the U.S. Coast Guard, joined by a Philadelphia Police TAC-AIR chopper, are attempting to determine the origin of the spill, NBC10 reports.

This is the second reported case of an oil spill in the Schuylkill River in 2016. In late January, approximately 250 gallons of heating oil were released into the river by a tank at a CenturyLink facility at 2400 Market Street. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the spill — which totaled about 4,200 gallons — was caused by a sensor malfunction on an emergency generator. Vacuum trucks successfully removed the majority of the oil by the following day.

Check back for updates on this developing story.