Buckeye Port Reading Terminal LLC, a subsidiary of Buckeye Partners, L.P., continues its efforts to recover product released into the Arthur Kill River as a result of an accidental release of diesel fuel from its Port Reading, NJ Terminal storm water system last Thursday, September 6, 2018.
Buckeye’s Emergency Response Team has been working around the clock to recover the diesel fuel as well as remediate any environmental impacts. Buckeye continues to work with local public safety officials as well as state and federal authorities including the U.S. Coast Guard, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation and the EPA to manage the situation as quickly and safely as possible. Buckeye is not aware of any impact to public health or safety at this time.
The majority of the spilled product has been recovered but cleanup efforts continue for the remaining residual products.
The company’s primary concerns continue to be:
- Ensure the health and safety of the public and response personnel;
- Maximize protection of environmentally sensitive areas; and
- Contain and recover any remaining spilled product.
Limited marine operations at the Buckeye Port Reading Terminal began late Sunday with additional services remaining shut down until operations are deemed safe to return to service.
Buckeye is continuing to investigate the cause of the equipment failure.