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Oil spills from pipe found floating in Hudson

Monday, August 18, 2014
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GERMANTOWN, N.Y. — New York state authorities are investigating an oil spill from a pipe found floating in the Hudson River south of Albany.

State police say there were called to assist local firefighters with a reported oil spill Sunday near a boat launch in Germanton, 35 miles south of Albany.

Troopers say a boater spotted a 50-foot-long flexible transfer pipe floating in the river with oil spilled nearby. The state Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that 50 to 100 gallons of fuel oil spilled.

Police say the contamination appears to have been limited to about 300 feet along the shoreline near the boat launch.

Hazardous material teams were cleaning up the area Monday.

DEC investigators are trying to determine the origin of the pipe.

 
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