Gasoline tanker runs aground on Hudson River, no spill reported

adminNews A tanker carrying 2.5 million gallons of gasoline ran aground in foggy weather on the Hudson River on Tuesday morning, but nothing was spilled and no one was injured.

Reinauer Transportation Companies, headquartered in Staten Island, says the barge hauled by the tugboat Meredith Reinauer ran aground around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday near Catskill, about 30 miles south of Albany. The company says it dispatched another tugboat to help transfer the gasoline to another barge.

The U.S. Coast Guard and state pollution response teams investigated and said there was no sign of a tank puncture or leaking gasoline.

A DEC spokesman says the barge was transporting 66,000 barrels of gasoline north to the Port of Albany.

The grounding comes as the Coast Guard continues to evaluate a proposed rule that would allow 10 new anchorage fields on a stretch of the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston, about 20 miles north of Catskill. The proposal was put forth at the behest of the shipping industry.  Read more.

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