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Boat owner fined $3,000 for diesel fuel leak at Port of Poulsbo
POULSBO — The owner of a fishing boat that leaked 60 gallons of diesel fuel into Liberty Bay at the Port of Poulsbo last year has been fined $3,000 by the state Department of Ecology.
Jon Greenway is owner of the Eric J, which leaked diesel into the bay through two holes in the stern hull port side June 3, 2011. At the time, Jacqui Schultz of Ecology’s spill response team described the boat’s hull as “weathered.” When Greenway scraped the hull to pinpoint the location of the leak, “it made the damage larger and the rate of release increased,” Schultz said at the time.
“The determination of the Coast Guard was that she was not seaworthy, that the boat had to be pumped dry and towed to Port Townsend for repair."
The Eric J is a 40-gross-ton fishing vessel built in 1973 by Nichols Bros. Boatbuilders, according to shipbuildinghistory.com.
The Eric J’s diesel leak was the third fuel leak in Liberty Bay in the Port of Poulsbo area in three weeks, Schultz said.
Overall, the Department of Ecology issued $222,300 in penalties of $1,000 or more during the first quarter of 2012. Fines help pay for environmental restoration and enhancement projects, research and development, permitting and regulatory programs, and education and assistance.