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Athos I spilling crude oil into the Delaware River (NOAA)

Athos I spilling crude oil into the
Delaware River (NOAA)

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Athos I Oil Spill on the Delaware River: Ten Years Later

November 2014 - This month marks 10 years since the Athos I Oil Spill on the Delaware River. On 26 November 2004, the single-hulled tanker unknowingly struck a large, submerged anchor while preparing to dock at a refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey. The anchor punctured the vessel's bottom, resulting in the discharge of nearly 265,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River and nearby tributaries. Approximately 280 miles of shoreline were oiled in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and over 11,500 birds were killed.

NOAA, along with other federal, state, and local agencies, assessed the environmental and recreational impacts of the spill and, in 2010, received $27.5 million for restoration. This money is funding 10 restoration projects that will improve the environment and economy around the Delaware River watershed.

Learn more about the spill and how the restoration projects benefit coastal communities, local economies, and natural resources.


Bouchard Barge

Bouchard Barge

Public, Environment to Benefit from $4.25 Million in Restoration for Barge Oil Spill

October 2014 - NOAA and co-trustee agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of Rhode Island have released the Final Programmatic Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the B-120 Buzzards Bay Oil Spill. This plan includes using $4.25 million in settlement funds for 19 projects in MA and RI to address shoreline and aquatic resource injuries and lost recreational coastal access and uses.

Projects include marsh restoration, conservation mooring installation, dam removal, walking trails and access improvements, land acquisition for public access and use, boat ramp reconstruction and multiple municipal projects for restoring or enhancing quahog, bay scallop, and oyster populations and recreational shellfishing.


T/V Margara

T/V Margara aground with tugs
alongside. Photo courtesy of the
Puerto Rico Department of Natural Environmental Resources,
April 2006.

T/V Margara Vessel Grounding Draft Primary Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Released for Public Comment

September 20, 2014 - NOAA and The Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources working on the restoration of natural resources injured by the T/V Margara vessel grounding released a Draft Primary Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment, opening a 30-day public comment period.

The Draft Primary Restoration Plan proposes a course of action that will restore the coral resources and other reef biota and habitat that were significantly injured in the grounding. The proposed restoration project involves the placement of limestone and/or large boulders on top of the rubble, followed by active transplantation of corals on the substrates. The proposed plan would stabilize the rubble, return topographic complexity to the site, and accelerate the biological recovery of the injured species.

After the primary restoration plan is finalized, a compensatory restoration plan will be proposed to outline the restoration needed to compensate for the interim losses to the coral reef ecosystem.


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