The spill was discovered in the Arthur Kill, a body of water bordering the Chevron Asphalt Plant in Perth Amboy, at approximately 8:10 a.m. (EST) February 13. Chevron implemented its spill response plan and reported the spill to federal, state and local authorities.
Chevron has formed a Unified Incident Command with the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the NJDEP. Lisa P. Jackson, acting Commissioner, NJDEP is on-site overseeing NJDEP efforts. The Unified Incident Command is also coordinating with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
More than 80 personnel from Chevron, Clean Harbors Cooperative, Atlantic Response, and Marine Spill Response Corporation are on site working to contain and clean up the spill. The cause of the spill is under investigation. Chevron is cooperating with regulatory agencies to determine the cause.
"We stopped the source of the spill and have deployed approximately 8,000 feet of boom to contain it," said Kevin McMahon, Chevron's Incident Commander. "Our main goals are to protect people and the environment, so we're focusing our efforts on safely recovering the oil and minimizing impact to the environment and other businesses in the area. We're responding as aggressively as the weather conditions safely permit. No one has been injured, and we certainly want to keep it that way."
Chevron currently has approximately 8,000 feet of containment boom deployed, and 13 vessels are responding to the incident, including three vessels that are recovering oil from the Arthur Kill. So far, approximately 16,000 gallons of oil-water mixture have been recovered. Responders have also marshaled three vacuum trucks and other equipment for the response effort.
The U.S. Coast Guard has set up a safety zone from the Outer Bridge Crossing to Fresh Kills, Staten Island, to control vessel traffic through the area affected by the spill. This area is currently closed to vessel traffic.
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