Quick Spill Clean-up Expected Off Long Island

Tuesday, March 27, 2001
Clean-up activities of an oil spill that affected about 25 miles (40 km) off the north shore of Long Island, New York, are expected to be complete by the end of the week, the U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday. The spill of residual fuel oil, a heavy oil used in power generation, was discovered Friday, originating from a hole in a barge transporting 48,000 barrels of the fuel from Tosco Corp's Bayway refinery in Bayonne, New Jersey to the NRG Energy Inc.'s power plant in Montville, Connecticut, the Coast Guard said. The amount of oil spilled from the Rhode Island was not available but clean-up efforts have already reduced the affected area to about 10 miles (16 km), Petty Officer Tom Sperduto said. "We expect it to take another two or three days. It could change depending on the weather," Sperduto said. The oil spilled onto the shoreline extending from West Meadow Beach, Stony Brook to Wildwood Beach and Wading River. So far, seven birds are dead and 30 more affected. The barge is owned by the Moran Towing Corporation of Greenwich, Conn., which is involved in the clean up and is subject to civil and criminal penalties. -- (Reuters)

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