NJ asks for oil spill compensation

January 7, 2009 10:36:27 AM PST
New Jersey officials are asking the federal government for $19 million to try to reverse some of the damage caused by a 2004 oil spill on the Delaware River. The money would come from the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which gets money from a tax on the oil industry.

New Jersey Environmental Protection Commissioner Mark Mauriello says it should go toward restoring wetlands and grasslands, replenishing oyster habitat and improving boating access to the Delaware River and Bay in Salem County.

A 280-mile stretch of shoreline was affected when an oil tanker known as the Athos I sliced open its hull by running into an abandoned anchor off West Deptford in November 2004.

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