EVERETT, Mass. (WWLP) – Thousands of gallons of liquid asphalt has solidified on the surface of a river in eastern Massachusetts, after an apparent hose malfunction caused the road-paving material to spill.
According to a news release sent to 22News by the U.S. Coast Guard, about 11,000 gallons of liquid asphalt spilled into the Mystic River in Everett at around 3:30 Thursday afternoon.
The Coast Guard reports that the spill happened as asphalt was being offloaded from the ship Palanca Singapore at the Exxon terminal in Everett.
Exxon has brought in a contractor to clean up the spill, and the efforts are being monitored by the Coast Guard.
Despite the asphalt solidifying, the Coast Guard says that the spill is contained to the area around the ship, and there aren’t any known environmental impacts.