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Crews Clean Up After Oil Spill In Delaware River

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MARCUS HOOK, Pa., (CBS) – Chopper 3 was over the scene as crews cleaned up after a crude oil spill in the Delaware River.

The incident was reported Monday afternoon near Monroe Energy LLC in Marcus Hook, Delaware County.

The U.S. Coast Guard says about 1,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the river, about one mile south of the Commodore Barry Bridge.

Monroe Energy promptly reported the spill, which occurred when a pipe ruptured as crews were off-loading crude oil.

Monroe Energy says it took the necessary actions to minimize environmental impacts.

Responders used skimmers and special vacuums to remove the oil from the water.

A Coast Guard pollution response team was also on scene to verify safe and thorough cleanup operations.

Tuesday morning, Pa. DEP released the following statement:

“While any spill into our waterways is unacceptable, reporting protocols were followed and we were able to respond quickly and effectively – the frigid weather and quick containment response have helped to minimize the impacts of this incident,” DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “DEP staff is on the scene and will continue to monitor and assist with the cleanup until it has been completed, and we will review the cause of this incident to determine whether additional action is warranted.”

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