Oil spill forces major shipping channel in southern New Jersey to temporarily close

(11/27/04) DELAWARE RIVER - A major shipping channel in southern New Jersey was closed Saturday following a massive oil spill.

Late Friday night, a Greek tanker in the waters near Philadelphia began leaking 30,000 gallons of crude oil. Acting Governor Dick Codey says the tanker company will foot the bill for the cleanup. He expects the port to be reopened in about three days, the oil in the river to be cleaned up within the next two or three months, and any residual damage to be fixed within six months.

Government officials say the spill killed more than four dozen birds. About 300 other birds and fish were also threatened.

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