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Coast Guard: Oil Leak in Staten Island Waters Mostly Confined

Dec 17, 2012
(AP)

The US Coast Guard says a fuel spill from a cargo tank on a barge has been "pretty much confined" to the Staten Island waters where it originally occurred.

Spokesman Charles Rowe says cleanup of the spill is continuing, with thousands of gallons of oil-tainted water removed.

The spill from a leaking tank occurred Friday at about 11:20 p.m. It's unclear how much of the 112,000-gallon tank's oil had spilled.

The leak has stopped.

Rowe said booms had been deployed to contain the spill, with the majority of the oil concentrated around the barge. He said some had gone into the harbor and isolated patches had been seen on the Staten Island and New Jersey shorelines.