Coast Guard Closes Hudson River in Poughkeepsie

NEW YORK–The U.S. Coast Guard closed a two-mile section of the Hudson River while local fire officials respond to a smoldering 4 million gallon tank at a Poughkeepsie, N.Y., fuel oil facility at 12:30 p.m. today.

The Love-Effron tank, located 40 yards from the east bank of the Hudson River, contains 3.5 million gallons of number two fuel oil. Local officials report that the tank has buckled, but there is no release of fuel at this time.

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for New York and New Jersey ordered the two-mile section closed.

The safety zone spans about one mile north and south of the facility, and the entire width of the Hudson River.

“The safety zone is a precaution to keep the mariners in the area out of harms way,” said Lt.j.g. Elizabeth Murtha, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector New York. “It will also let officials safely and expediently respond in case of pollution.”

A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Saugerties boat crew is securing the Hudson River to all non-emergency vessel traffic, and two Coast Guard pollution response investigators have responded to Love Effron.

The Poughkeepsie Fire Department has reportedly contained the smoldering as of 3 p.m., and has taken lead on moving the fuel to another tank nearby.

The Poughkeepsie Police Department and New York State Department of Environmental Protection are currently on scene monitoring the tank and maintaining a safety zone.

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