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Oil Refinery Spill Cleanup In Paulsboro, NJ Nears Completion

By David Madden

PAULSBORO, N.J. (CBS) — The cleanup of last week’s massive oil spill in Paulsboro (Gloucester County), New Jersey is just about complete.

Neighbors around the Paulsboro Refining Company have had to deal with the smell of oil for days (see related story). In fact, the odor from Thursday’s spill of more than six million gallons of oil wafted for miles — across the tri-state area.

But most of that odor should be gone by now, according to Larry Hajna with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

“There are a few pools of product that remain to be cleaned up, but the vast majority of the oil has been removed,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

There was never a threat to public health or the environment, officials say, given that the oil was contained on site.

But they will still have to clean up the ground around where the product was penned in, and that could take a while.

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One Comment

  1. john jupiter says:

    Eveyone in the area should have a mandatory respirator mask we found the best at with 99.99% filtration less than 0.03 microns, which also happen to be reusable, antimicrobial, anitbacterial and antiviral

  2. idiotmitten says:

    That refnery isn’t owned by ExxonMobil so why do they use a picture of ExxonMobil’s research center? Truth in journalism, I guess….NOT!

  3. Candice says:

    Its interesting that the DEP and Paulsboro refinery continue to state that there was no threat to the public health… perhaps the levels are not toxic enough to cause concern for cancer or long term consequences, but I work in the medical field and patients from the area have continued to complain about headaches, nosebleeds, and nausea all day today. They also report a persistent odor in the area. (although not as strong as before). I suggest you go to the community and interview the locals.
    Either way, lets hope this spill and sickening odor are cleaned up ASAP. We can only hope that the rain tomorrow doesnt make the odor worse.

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