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Oil company to resume work on damaged pipeline

Oil company to resume work on damaged pipeline

Company responsible for O.C. oil spill gets permission to repair pipeline, company says

Pipeline company will have more than 1 million gallons of the spill water cleaned up by this spring.

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An oil company which was recently found responsible for cleaning up an oil spill in Ocean County is receiving permission to resume work on a damaged pipeline, according to the company.

The pipeline, which runs from a crude oil terminal to the North Shore of Long Island Sound, has been damaged by a massive oil spill. The Ocean County Board has set a deadline of Oct. 1 to clear the pipeline of all oil in the hopes that it can be repaired.

Ocean County Bayside LLC, the company responsible for the cleanup, received permission from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to continue the repair job, John S. Smith, the company’s attorney said in a letter to the board. The repair job will result in the cleanup of about 1 million gallons of oil.

That amount was reported Friday and was greater than the 1 million gallons of oil spilled in the spring of 2010, but no one has reported seeing it since that time, said Ocean County Chief Investigator William S. Regan Jr.

The 1 million gallons of oil in 2011 was more than twice the amount spilled in 2010.

The board said in a memorandum it would use state funding to cover some of the repair costs. It has about $750,000 in the current budget, Regan said.

The Board is also considering using money from the Ocean County Department of Community Development to help cover some of the costs, he said.

The state agreed not to sue Ocean County if the repairs were completed by June 1. Smith said the company had made a $2 million construction bid on Sept. 30

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