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Greenpoint v. ExxonMobil


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Much of Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood sits on top of a 55-acre oil spill that is 50% larger than the Exxon Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska. Decades of oil refining on the industrial Newton Creek left 17-million gallons of oil under the ground and in the water. About half of that oil has been cleaned up - leaving some 8 million gallons. And many residents in this working-class neighborhood want to know why ExxonMobil--the company believed to be mostly responsible for the spill--isn't cleaning up the spill more rapidly, and why the State hasn't pushed ExxonMobil and others harder.

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Residents like Tom Stagg and environmental activists like Basil Seggos from Riverkeeper believe the air quality caused by the oil plume presents a serious health threat. They want a comprehensive health study done to determine if byproducts of oil under the earth--such as benzene--are escaping into the air they breathe in and around their homes, and if so, whether they are the cause of some of the many illnesses being anecdotally reported in the neighborhood.
Photo of Basil Seggos of RiverKeeper
ExxonMobil and State Health officials say the decades-long cleanup has been rigorous and they don't believe there is a health hazard. But the State is just now undergoing a study to examine the air quality in some homes in the area. And no serious health study has been undertaken to date.

One concerned resident, Laura Hofmann, has begun compiling health complaints of her fellow Greenpoint neighbors to look for trends or patterns of illness that may be linked to the oil spill, or to other environmental hazards in this industrial neighborhood. To report an illness that you are concerned about contact Laura at:

Photo of Laura Hofmann
Laura Hofmann
127 Dupont St. 2E
Brooklyn, New York 11222
bargeparkpals@msn.net
bargeparkpals@msn.com

Recently elected State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has now threatened ExxonMobil and other oil companies with legal action, in addition to other lawsuits that have already been filed.

NEW YORK VOICES investigates the spill, the health of the community, and the battle over the cleanup.






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Greenpoint v. ExxonMobil: Much of Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood sits on top of a 55-acre oil spill that is 50% larger than the Exxon Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska.

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