Barge with 2.5m gallons of gasoline ran aground on Hudson RiverStaff Writer | April 4, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo dispatched State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and resources from multiple State Agencies to a site on the Hudson River where a barge carrying approximately 2.5 million gallons of gasoline ran aground.
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In addition to the State's Emergency Response efforts, the Governor is launching an immediate investigation into the cause of the incident.
State officials are coordinating the State response with the U.S. Coast Guard which has jurisdiction over a majority of the response.
Already, the Department of Environmental Conservation has deployed its Emergency Spill Response trailer equipped with booms and other spill response equipment and has launched an aerial drone to monitor the waters and environment surrounding the site.
Spill response teams and air monitoring equipment are also being pre-positioned to immediately respond in the event a spill is detected.
The vessel's owner has positioned a recovery barge on-site to receive gasoline from the grounded barge once the U.S. Coast Guard gives the direction to do so.
Additionally, teams from the Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health are currently investigating the extent to which this incident my impact local drinking water systems and will implement protective measures as appropriate.
The barge has not impacted navigation on the channel and the Department of Environmental Conservation, State Police and local law enforcement have all launched boats to ensure the channel remains clear.
At the Governor's direction, State investigators will now work to determine 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, as well as examining any measures that could be taken at the state level to prevent future incidents. ■