CARTERET — Emergency workers are still trying to stop a leak today at a Carteret fuel refinery that has released 3,000 gallons of combustible liquid, authorities said.
All of the liquid spilling from a tank at the BP Products refinery, 76 Roosevelt Ave., was contained in a dyked area, Carteret Fire Chief Brian O'Connor said.
O'Brien said the product, reformate, which is used in blending fuel products, was first discovered leaking from a storage tank flange about 8 a.m. today. The tank holds 3 million gallons of the product, the chief said.
He said the liquid was being transferred another tank, and an environmental cleanup company was at the scene to remove the liquid that leaked from the flange.
The liquid is not flammable, and there was little chance of any combustion, O'Brien said.
He said firefighters sprayed foam over the liquid to keep down any fumes.
The Bristol Station apartments are less than a quarter-mile from the refinery, but there had been no reports of fumes at the apartments, O'Brien said.
He estimated the work to remove all the liquid and stop the leak would be completed by 9 p.m.
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