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Big Diesel Fuel Spill in Arthur Kill During Sandy

New Jersey environmental officials say 336,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled after a storage tank was lifted and ruptured from the surge from superstorm Sandy.

Arthur Kill (on right) leading into Raritan Bay (Flickr user dsearls)

The Coast Guard says all the spilled oil is believed to be contained by booms put in the water.

Officials said Wednesday that the spill happened Monday night at the Motiva oil tank facility in Woodbridge.

Coast Guard spokesman Les Tippets says a secondary tank caught most of the oil and that the liquid that escaped moved into the Arthur Kill, the water waterway separating New Jersey from New York’s Staten Island.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Ragonese says the company reported the spill and hired contractors to clean it up.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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