DEC: 600 Gallon Rensselaer gas spill completely contained

Rensselaer, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Multiple agencies responded to the scene of a 600 gallon gasoline leak on American Oil Road in Rensselaer Saturday.

The call for the spill came in just after 8 p.m. Saturday at the Buckeye Terminal at the Port of Rensselaer.

According to Governor Cuomo, the fuel leak started due to a sudden power outage during a thunderstorm moving through the area, which caused the containment equipment to fail.

The Governor says the leak is currently contained in a secondary containment, and the New York State DEC is on the scene monitoring the containment and cleanup.

“The safety of New Yorkers and our environment is paramount, and we are relieved tonight’s spill is already contained,” said Governor Cuomo “My administration has worked hard to strengthen safety standards and improve emergency response to this types of events, and we will continue to monitor the spill through the night and conduct a full investigation into the incident.”

DEC Representative Kevin Frazier says the spill is completely contained, and no environmental impacts are anticipated as a result of the incident.

Frazier says the secondary containment system worked as designed. At no point did the gasoline spill into the Hudson River or the environment. Instead, the spill was fed from the faulty tank into a secondary containment tank designed to hold %10 more product than is necessary at any time.

According to Frazier an environmental contractor is performing the cleanup and is expected to complete the process by Monday morning.

An investigation into the spill is ongoing, and the DEC says its spill team is continuing to monitor the situation for any threats to public health or the environment.

 

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