BEACH LAKE, PA – Thursday, August 9th at 2:01 a.m. a west-bound train, departing from New Jersey heading to Binghamton, with four locomotives and 63 railcars derailed west of Hale Eddy Road in the Town of Deposit, New York.

BEACH LAKE, PA – Thursday, August 9th at 2:01 a.m. a west-bound train, departing from New Jersey heading to Binghamton, with four locomotives and 63 railcars derailed west of Hale Eddy Road in the Town of Deposit, New York.

Diesel fuel leaked into the West Branch of the Delaware River and was carried into Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. A sheen of oil and the smell of diesel was observed as far south as Lordville, NY. The New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway Corporation reported at the end of the day that fuel was no longer leaking at the site and containment efforts had been implemented.

On Friday, the assessment of the National Park Service, Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, of the river is that high river flows have carried the fuel oil out of the park. Some very small localized areas where river flows are slow may have some residual oil and, if observed, property owners are asked to notify the National Park Service by calling Superintendent Kris Heister at 570-729-8251 ext. 2225.

There are no restrictions on recreational use of the river today outside those in place as a result of continuing high flows. At 9 a.m. the river height at the Barryville river gage was 7.05 feet and flow was 11,100 cubic feet per second. Therefore wearing a properly fitted life vest was mandatory and the Park Service recommends only the use of rafts on the river.

FUDR report

Jeff Skelding, director of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR), issued the following statement on Friday afternoon:

In the aftermath of the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway Corporation train derailment yesterday on the West Branch of the Upper Delaware River, we are attempting to piece together updated information on the response to the diesel fuel spill and other reparations being undertaken by the responsible regulatory authorities.

We are in the process of identifying which of the many authorities involved in response actions will serve as the lead agency and take responsibility for providing the public with updated information about conditions and clean-up efforts at the site.

We have made requests for an official statement from the NYSDEC that addresses updated conditions, wildlife impacts, and clean up work being done at the site but it's unclear whether a statement will be forthcoming.
 
According to multiple news sources it appears highly likely the heavy rains preceding the accident were responsible for the deterioration and collapse of the culvert that lead to the derailment.

Based on information we received today at the site, the diesel fuel spill appears to be under control with no further contamination into the river. The extent of soil contamination, soil clean-up efforts, and a timeline for completion are unknown.

The broken rail line is being replaced to reactivate train mobility and damaged rail cars are being removed (we've seen one damaged car come through Hancock).

We are getting reports and pictures of waterfowl injured by the diesel fuel spill. We need everybody who lives near or recreates on the river in the coming days and weeks to keep a sharp eye out for injured waterfowl, residual odors, or visible fuel oil slicks particularly in the calmer near-shore eddies and pools. If you see geese or wildfowl that need help, please call Wildlife Rehabilitator Missy Runyon at 518-989-6534 or 518-965-1864.  Please take pictures and identify GPS coordinates if possible and send them to info@fudr.org and we will forward them on to the appropriate authorities.

We will do our best to keep everybody informed about ongoing response actions and conditions at the site.