Coast Guard responds to diesel spill in Delaware River

5th Coast Guard District NewsPHILADELPHIA – The Coast Guard is responding to a diesel spill Friday after a Hess Corp. pipeline broke near Pennsauken, N.J.

Hess Corp. personnel contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay at approximately 10:40 a.m. reporting an estimated 650 gallons of diesel came from the broken pipeline, most of which went into a containment ditch.

Hess Corp. personnel also reported an estimated 100 gallons entered the Delaware River. The source is secured and boom is currently deployed to contain the spill.

The Coast Guard pollution response team from the sector, along with members of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, are on scene and investigating the incident.

A Miller Environmental cleanup crew is on scene, and the Coast Guard and DEP will continue to monitor the clean up.

“The Coast Guard utilized the early warning system, which quickly notifies water-front facilities with water intakes, to let them know an incident like this has happened, and they can take the proper precautions,” said Lt. Drew Madjeska, public affairs officer at the sector.

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