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Source of Potomac River oil spill remains unknown

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Coast Guard said Monday that fuel oil was discovered in Roaches Run Wildfowl Sanctuary and the Potomac River. Now they're trying to figure out where it came from.

Officials say that's challenging because the system that drains into the river dates back to the 1800s.

On Monday, the Coast Guard and other agencies popped manholes in Arlington trying to figure out how oil got into the Potomac River.

The systems drain into Roaches Run Wildfowl Sanctuary. That's where the oil first appeared about a week ago.

"It is always a huge disappointment when something like this happens," One park-goer said. 

Especially since geese and other animals are supposed to be protected there.

On Friday, our cameras caught Canada geese covered in oil. 

"Anytime wildlife is affected or there's pollution that affects people and animals it is frustrating," park-goer Raime Masket said. 

The Coast Guard said Monday that this is not a significant oil spill. However, they want to reduce the impact on the environment.

"There are always going to be those people who are uncaring so we need to count on those of us who care to take care of things that they mess up for all of us," park-goer Miguel Ley said. 

As for the birds covered in oil? There are 30 in all. One has died. The rest are being washed and will be released back into the wild soon.

More lab test results are expected on Wednesday from other oil samples taken from the river. 

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