Tug and Barge Carrying 68,000 Barrels of Gasoline and 29,000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel Secured and Headed to North Albany Terminal for Inspection
No Evidence of Fuel Spill from Barge
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo earlier today directed New York State agencies, including the State Department of Environmental Conservation, to immediately respond after a tugboat and barge ran aground just east of the North Albany Terminal on the Hudson River near Glenmont, New York. The vessels were ultimately secured and are now headed to the Terminal for inspection.
"Earlier today we faced a potentially serious incident involving two vessels carrying large amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel," Governor Cuomo said. "The vessels have been secured and are headed to the Terminal for inspection. Danger and disaster don't wait for a convenient time to strike and New York State is lucky to have some of the nation's best first responders working around the clock to keep us safe."
On Nov. 3, at approximately 7:50 a.m., Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Law Enforcement and Spills Response experts immediately responded to a U.S. Coast Guard report of a tugboat run aground on the Hudson River, just east of the North Albany Terminal. The tug, 'Brooklyn,' was pushing a barge loaded with an estimated 68,000 barrels of gasoline and 29,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "In the event of a possible fuel spill to the Hudson River, DEC is taking every precaution to protect our communities and environment. DEC Law Enforcement and Spill Responders are on the scene to investigate this potentially dangerous incident."
DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) coordinated with the Coast Guard and other emergency first responders to secure the site. High tide lifted the tug freeing it from the river bottom. At this time, no damage to the tug or the barge has been observed and no fuel is believed to have been released. Out of an abundance of caution, DEC Spills Response is bringing in a private spill contractor to respond if a leak is found.
Responding agencies are taking every precaution to protect public health and the environment. The investigation into this incident is ongoing and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.