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Investigation Underway Into How Barge Loaded With Gas Got Stuck In The Hudson River

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A full investigation was ordered to determine what caused a barge that left Newburgh to run aground in the Hudson River.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo dispatched State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos, as well as staff and resources from multiple State Agencies the site on the Hudson River where a barge carrying about 2.5 million gallons of gasoline ran aground.

 

State investigators are working to figure out what caused the tanker to leave the shipping channel and run aground. This includes the role that weather and human error may have played in this incident, and how to prevent future incidents.

“The Hudson River is a critical piece of the Empire State, both environmentally and economically, and we are launching a full-scale response to ensure this incident does not threaten it,” Gov Cuomo said. “The full resources of several state agencies including the Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health have been deployed to not only ensure a quick and thorough response, but to launch a full investigation into what caused the barge to run aground in the first place.”

The barge was transporting the gas from Newburgh up the Hudson River to Albany when it got stuck on rocks near the shore Tuesday.

The barge got stuck just south of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in the Village of Catskill. No gas leaks have been detected, officials say.

The DEC deployed its Emergency Spill Response trailer equipped with booms and other spill response equipment and launched an aerial drone to monitor the waters and environment surrounding the site. Spill response teams and air monitoring equipment were positioned to immediately respond in the event a spill is detected.

An investigation is also underway to determine if any local drinking water was contaminated.

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