Coast Guard monitoring oil spill in northern New Jersey

The Associated Press
Coast Guard crews are monitoring an oil spill that occurred when a tugboat struck a pier in northern New Jersey.
Copyright 2015, The Associated Press

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — Coast Guard crews are monitoring an oil spill that occurred when a tugboat struck a pier in northern New Jersey.

The spill at the International-Matex Tank Terminal in Bayonne was reported around 10 p.m. Saturday to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York. The terminal is about 10 miles south of Manhattan, near where the Kill van Kull meets Upper New York Harbor.

The Coast Guard's pollution response team was sent to the site, while a helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City also responded.

It wasn't clear Sunday how many gallons of oil have entered the water.

Coast Guard responders and terminal employees quickly launched a containment boom and secured the source of the oil. But boaters and the public were being urged to stay away from the site.

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