Diesel Fuel Spill In Ramapo River In NY
Officials say most fuel rushed away with water
About 10-15,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the Ramapo River north of Mahwah, from an SOS storage depot in town of Tuxedo, NY, according to Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli.
Though Batelli called this a “significant amount,” he said “the impact in the environment is mitigated by the fact that the River was running so fast and the volume of water flowing as a result of the hurricane.”
Mahwah Mayor John DaPuzzo agreed with this, saying that the fuel seemed to rush downstream past Mahwah with the rapidly running water.
“We still received several calls from residents who smelled the odor but we did not observe any sheen on the water,” Batelli said.
DaPuzzo said the Department of Environmental Protection has already been to the river to investigate the situation, and will be back once flood waters are cleared to reassess the area.
Tuxedo Park (a village within the town of Tuxedo) Mayor Tom Wilson, who verified that the spill happened in the town, not the village, confirmed that crews will be in and out of the area to survey any damage.