Oil spill off battered New York: Report

2012-11-01 08:40
The view of storm damage over the Atlantic Coast in Mantoloking, New Jersey from a helicopter. (Doug Mills/ AP)

The view of storm damage over the Atlantic Coast in Mantoloking, New Jersey from a helicopter. (Doug Mills/ AP)

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New York - Clean-up efforts were under way early on Thursday after around 1 135 624 litres of diesel fuel spilled into the waters off New York City in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, CNN reported on Thursday.

The spill was caused by a rupture in a storage tank at a nearby New Jersey refinery run by Motiva, part-owned by oil giant Shell, it said.

The US Coast Guard was overseeing the cleanup effort, which involved around 100 workers helping to place containment booms around the spill, CNN said.

Neither the Coast Guard nor Shell was immediately available for comment.

The massive cyclone carved a path of devastation across the US northeast on Monday and Tuesday, flooding lower Manhattan and much of the New Jersey coastline and leaving millions without electricity across several states.

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