300,000 gallons of diesel spill near New Jersey
A major oil spill has occurred in the strait separating Staten Island, NYC and the state of New Jersey. The spill of some 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel is apparently related to the Superstorm Sandy aftermath.
The incident occurred in the Arthur Kill tidal strait as fuel leaked from the Motiva oil tank facility, NBC reports citing the Coast Guard.
Some 200 people are working to contain the spill. It remains unclear what caused it.
300K Gallons of Diesel Fuel Leak in Arthur Kill
The diesel fuel is leaking from the Motiva oil tank facility
Crews are working to contain a major oil spill in Arthur Kill between Staten Island and Woodbridge, N.J.
Around 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel have leaked from the Motiva oil tank facility, according to the Coast Guard. Two hundred responders are trying to contain the spill.
It's not clear if the spill was moving south toward Raritan Bay, where there is a large clamming industry, or north toward Newark Bay, where the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey has a port facility.
Oil has started to wash up in Smith Creek, and skimmers are on the scene, authorities said.
The oil spill appeared to be related to storm damage but it wasn't immediately clear how it happened.