U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), Ranking Member of the House Coast Guard & Maritime Security Subcommittee, today applauded the award of $27.5 million to federal and state agencies to restore areas of the Delaware River and Bay damaged by the 2004 Athos I oil spill.
“Today’s announcement is certainly welcome to those who have worked tirelessly to restore the Delaware River and Bay after the Athos I spill. Through the cooperation and partnership of federal, state and local government agencies, environmental groups and countless local residents our region has continued to move forward from the devastation of the oil spill, with many fish and wildlife species rebounding,” said LoBiondo. “These restoration projects are critical to local wildlife and I remain committed to their efforts.”
On Nov. 26, 2004, the Athos I, a large cargo vessel, struck a submerged anchor while preparing to dock in Paulsboro, N.J. The anchor punctured the hull, spilling nearly 265,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River, affecting habitats, aquatic life, birds and other wildlife over 280 miles of shoreline, as well as hindering recreational use of the river.