EPA: New Jersey oil leak plugged, 95k gallons collected

State regulators say a northern New Jersey pipeline leak has been stopped after workers collected about 95,000 gallons of an oil and water mixture.

The state Environmental Protection Department tells the Jersey Journal that an underground pipeline leak at the Halecky-IMTT Park in Bayonne was plugged Wednesday night.

Officials have said the leak, reported Monday, stems from residual heating oil left in a pipeline removed from service.

A state spokeswoman says the stoppage is temporary. Some oil entered the Upper New York Bay causing some sheening. Officials say that sheening has since been contained.

State officials say there’s no indication that wildlife was affected.

International-Matex Tank Terminals, a liquid storage and handling facility, owns the pipeline.

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