Oil spill at Port of Albany sends two to the hospital

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Officials confirm an oil spill happened on Tuesday in the Port of Albany.

The Albany Deputy Chief says the spill happened at 50 Church St. when 400 gallons of crude oil sludge was spilled. According to authorities, workers were pumping “crude oil sludge” into a containment device to clean a tank when fitting on the containment device failed and product spilled out.

The D.E.C. says there is no danger of fire or contaminants. Outside contractors have been called in to clean up.

“DEC is conducting a thorough investigation of a crude oil tank spill at the Global facility at the Port of Albany. The spill did not impact the Hudson River in any way and there is minimal soil contamination. DEC remains committed to working with the Port of Albany and Global to ensure that safety protocols are strictly adhered to and will determine if further enforcement action is warranted.”

Two people who attempted to plug the failure in the device were transported to Albany Med for evaluation and are expected to be fine.

Global Partners has implemented its spill response procedures following the leak from a portable, 20,000-gallon, above-ground tank used in the performance of routine maintenance activities at its facility in Albany. A remediation team from Miller Environmental Group is on site. All activities are being coordinated with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The cause of the leak is being investigated.

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