The Argo Merchant ship after running aground in the Nantucket Shoals and spilling nearly 8 million gallons of oil in December 1976

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After running aground in December 1976, Argo Merchant broke apart, spilling nearly 8 million gallons of oil into Nantucket Shoals. The incident launched what would become NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration.
 The Argo Merchant ship after running aground in the Nantucket Shoals and spilling nearly 8 million gallons of oil in December 1976
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