Authorities are working to repair an electric power cable buried beneath the Hudson River that has been leaking a small amount of fluid into the river.

Hudson River
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The Coast Guard released a joint statement Monday saying the leak from the cable running between Edgewater, New Jersey and New York City was detected on Saturday.

Authorities say the fluid, which is used for cable insulation, is non-toxic and biodegradable. They say workers have contained the fluid with booms and absorbent materials.

The leak is near the New Jersey shoreline. The precise location and extent of the cable damage is still under investigation.

Hudson Transmission Partners, owner and operator of the cable, says they're working closely with New York and New Jersey environmental officials and the Coast Guard.

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