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Hackensack Estuary, Tank Farm

Hackensack, New Jersey | 1976-May-26

Initial Notification: On the morning of May 26, 1976, 47,619 barrels of No. 6 oil spilled into the Hackensack River estuary from the Wellen Oil Company tank farm in Jersey City, New Jersey. The oil moved upriver on incoming tides, and oiled marshes, mudflats, and the banks of the Hackensack River. Cleanup operations were supervised by the United States Coast Guard and the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission. USCG district 1. Keyword: Containment boom, vacuum truck, reoiling, vegetation cutting, disposal..

Incident Details
Products of concern:No. 6 Fuel Oil
Total amount at risk of spill: 2,000,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 40° 44.00′ North
Longitude (approximate): 74° 11.00′ West