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Friday, February 24, 2012

6.6M Gallons Of Oil Leak From Paulsboro Refinery


PAULSBORO, N.J. - About 6.6 million gallons of crude oil have leaked from a storage tank at a New Jersey refinery, resulting in an odor that could affect the elderly and those with respiratory conditions, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says.

The oil has been leaking since Thursday afternoon into an emergency containment area at the Paulsboro Refining Co. site in Gloucester County, officials said in a news release.

According to the DEP, "The spill does not pose a threat to the Delaware River or to municipal water supplies."

Petroleum odors have been reported in a number of surrounding communities as a result of the leak that developed in the base of the storage tank. The DEP says initial air monitoring by the Gloucester County Health Department and by refinery personnel do not indicate any health hazards from the odors. Read More