Oil Spill off Ko Olina Has Minimal Impact on Shoreline

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- An oil slick off Ko Olina along the Waianae Coast has mostly dissipated and had little impact on the shoreline.

Coast Guard officials reported no visible signs of pollution and oil on the shoreline Monday morning after extensive air, land and sea patrols.

An estimated 500 gallons of a marine diesel type fuel caused a 3-mile slick between Barbers Point and Nanakuli February 23.

The Coast Guard opened a national oil spill fund to hire the Pacific Environmental Corp. to conduct the cleanup.

"It's always unfortunate when we have a spill in Hawaii, but we have the right assets and people on scene.  And, fortunately, the weather cooperated and the slick has dissipated," said Capt. Barry Compagnoni, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Honolulu. "We've done extensive surveys of the coastline and area and the potential threat to the environment has been mitigated."

The cause of the slick is still under investigation