Exxon Bayway Refinery Pipeline Heating Oil Spill

State TrusteeState of New Jersey
State TrusteeState of New York
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
AO Bureau

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Incident Type



New Jersey

Case Status



Morse Creek, Arthur Kill; incident also involves NY



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

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Case Description

The rupture of an Exxon underwater pipeline an January 1, 1990, resulted in the release of 567,000 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil (not as light as gasoline but not as heavy as No. 6 fuel oil) into the Arthur Kill. The leak occurred from a 5-foot gash in the 12-inch pipeline that connects the Bayway Refinery at Linden, New Jersey, to the Bayonne Plant in Bayonne, New Jersey. The leak site is just south of the Goethals Bridge. The spill occurred near the New Jersey coast, but tides and winds moved the oil to the three islands in the Kill and the Staten Island coastline. The Coast Guard considered the spill to be “major” because it involved the release of more than 10,000 gallons (42 gallons = 1 barrel).

The clean-up crews recovered approximately 141,000 of the 567,000 gallons of oil. About 50 percent of the oil evaporated. Clean-up crews completed the clean-up on March 15, 1990.

Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 06/14/1991

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Case Contact

New Jersey Ecological Services Field Office

4 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 4, Galloway, NJ 08205 | (609) 383-3938 | http://www.fws.gov/northeast/njfieldoffice/

Case Trustees

AO Bureau
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
State TrusteeState of New Jersey
State TrusteeState of New York

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