Mineral oil spill in New Jersey closes local roadways temporarily

More than 10,000-gallons of mineral oil leaked from a Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G) substation in Carteret, New Jersey, on Thursday, February 2, 2012, reports NJ.com.

The spill was caused by a leaking transformer that was discovered around 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Minue Avenue, according to the source.

Mineral oil is nonhazardous and nonflammable, but the leak forced officials to close nearby streets as a safety precaution. PSE&G deployed specialized workers to try and contain the spill quickly. The overall cleanup process was overseen by the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Unit and representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The oil did enter the sewer system, but authorities had yet to find seepage into the local rivers.

To clean up large spills like the one seen in Carteret officials need high-quality absorbent devices. XSORB EDGE Aggressive Absorbent Bags may be able to help. The formula cuts through liquids and lifts them from the surface so workers can scrub away the remains. Using XSORB EDGE Aggressive Absorbent Bags can help restore order to a community that has experience a large oil leak on its roadways.

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