NY'S KILL VAN KULL REOPENS AS SECOND OIL SPILL OCCURS

NY'S KILL VAN KULL REOPENS AS SECOND OIL SPILL OCCURS

The Kill van Kull waterway in New York harbor reopened to vessel traffic late Thursday, one day after it had been closed due to a 27,000-gallon spill at an Exxon facility in Bayonne, N.J.

A second, minor spill occurred Thursday night but was immediately contained, as 4,800 gallons of crude oil leaked from a transfer hose unloading a barge at an Exxon Co. USA facility in Linden, N.J. The spill occurred on the neighboring Arthur Kill.As shipping traffic resumed on the Kill van Kull Thursday at 4 p.m., no delays were reported on the waterway, which connects Upper New York Bay and the open sea with the harbor's principal containerports. Cleanup work continued on the Kill van Kull, as two contractors continued removing oil from the water with skimmers and vacuum trucks. The Coast Guard said Friday that the spill had been contained. A small number of oiled birds were recovered, the Coast Guard said.

In the second incident, no company had taken responsibility for the spill by Friday, and the matter was under investigation by the Coast Guard. About 1,000 gallons of oil leaked onto the deck of the barge, and about 3,800 gallons went into the water.