September 1, 1989 |
The 865-foot Singaporean tanker Minerva spilled at least 1,000 gallons of crude oil Thursday into the Delaware River while discharging cargo at a refinery, a Coast Guard spokesman said. "Preliminary reports indicate that human error may be responsible," the spokesman said. The Coast Guard initially reported the spill at 4,200 gallons. A slick extended 4 1/2 miles downriver. Representatives of the Minerva, owned by Argo Dua Shipping PTE Ltd.
June 27, 1989 |
Hundreds of National Guardsmen and other cleanup workers resorted to shovels and pitchforks Monday to collect beach-ball-sized globs of heavy heating oil that clogged sophisticated skimmers on the Delaware River. The Delaware River mishap, combined with almost simultaneous spills in Rhode Island and Texas, put pressure on Congress to limit oil exploration and prompted the Bush Administration to reconsider the nation's dependence on oil tankers. The Delaware spill proved to be the most troublesome of the three accidents, which dumped a total of 1.5 million gallons of oil into U.S. waters.
June 19, 2005 |
In New Jersey, where I grew up, names such as Washington, Monroe, Mercer, Knox, Stockton and Morris are commonplace, found on street signs, municipal halls, schools and liquor stores. When you live in one of the 13 original colonies, the Revolution is part of the landscape, but for countless schoolchildren it's otherwise insignificant. Sometimes it takes the wisdom of age to appreciate history, to want to peer beyond the names to the events.
May 20, 2000 |
Investigators pulled wooden planks and plastic chairs from the Delaware River on Friday in a search for clues to why a pier collapsed, sending dozens of nightclub patrons into the water and killing three women. Mayor John F. Street ordered an inspection of all piers on the river, many of which support nightclubs and are believed to be 100 years old. The former industrial area along the river is dotted with restaurants and other nightspots catering to a college-age crowd.
July 10, 1995 |
A tourist helicopter plunged into the Delaware River on Sunday, but police said the pilot and two passengers were uninjured.
June 3, 1990 |
Fire broke out early Friday aboard a damaged cruise ship docked in the Delaware River and was considered arson, fire investigators said. There were no injuries.
August 30, 1989 |
President Bush will appoint Irene B. Brooks, a Chester County, Pa., official, as the federal alternate member of the Delaware River Basin Commission, the White House has announced.
April 5, 2005 |
Flooding forced several thousand people from their homes and closed the New Jersey Statehouse. No deaths or injuries were reported after two days of torrential rain, but acting Gov. Richard J. Codey estimated that property damage would approach $30 million. Bridges across the Delaware River north of Trenton were closed as the river surged over its banks.
July 2, 2006 |
Some residents of towns flooded by the Delaware River struggled to clean up debris and waterlogged possessions, but many others in Trenton and elsewhere were still waiting to return to their homes. At least 20 deaths in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Virginia were blamed on the deluge. Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency were touring the state to assess the damage.