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Oil sheen spotted in Vermilion River dissolved

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Lafayette fire investigators say the oil sheen detected in the Vermilion River yesterday dissolved overnight.

Firefighters responded to a report of an oil sheen on the river between University Avenue and Pinhook Road Saturday at 4:38 p.m. They later called off the search for the source of the oil sheen due to a lack of lighting. 

Crews resumed their investigation this morning to find the river clear of the oil. A spokesman with the Lafayette Fire Department says fire investigators were not able to locate the origin and source of the sheen, but hazmat crews will continue to monitor the river over the next few days. 

A sampling of the residue taken last night indicated a light hydrocarbon solvent compound, the spokesman says. 

Absorbent booms, placed across the river near the Pinhook Road bridge, will remain in place for now.

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