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'Very Small' Fuel Spill Poses No Threat To Hudson River, State DEC Says

A view of Wednesday's fuel spill in a photo provided by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. A DEC spokeswoman said Friday the origin of the "very small" amount of some kind of oil has not been determined but does not pose a threat.
A view of Wednesday's fuel spill in a photo provided by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. A DEC spokeswoman said Friday the origin of the "very small" amount of some kind of oil has not been determined but does not pose a threat. Photo Credit: Provided/state DEC
A possible fuel spill in the Hudson River is being investigated in Tarrytown.
A possible fuel spill in the Hudson River is being investigated in Tarrytown. Photo Credit: Riverkeepers/Facebook

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- State Department of Environmental Conservation officials Friday said there is no significant threat posed due to a "very small" fuel spill Wednesday in a brook near the Hudson River.

The state DEC received reports of a sheen in Andre Brook late Wednesday night. DEC spills staff responded Thursday morning and noticed a small sheen in the water, DEC spokeswoman Sarah Shepard said Friday.

?Please note that at the moment, there is no threat to the Hudson River," Shepard said.

"Don’t know the source yet. It’s some kind of oil –we haven’t determined what yet," Shepard told Daily Voice.

A boom to contain the sheen was put down Wednesday night by the Tarrytown Fire Department.

"There is no longer an active spill at this site," Shepard said. "DEC is investigating the source of the spill. There is no significant threat to the environment."

DEC will be back at the site Friday morning, Shepard said, to see if anything else appears in that creek. DEC will also revisit the spill site after the next good rain to see if any other material is flushed from the system, she said, adding, "So far it was a very small spill, about a quart, but we’re continuing to watch it."

State officials were trying to determine the original source of the spill, nothing that the nearest intersection is West Main Street. and Green Street in Tarrytown.

Calls to police began around 11 p.m. Wednesday night, about the smell emanating across from Tarrytown's Metro-North train station.

Westchester County Emergency Services was called and couldn't find the source as it came from several storm drains in the area.

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