Oil Spills on Newtown Creek, DEC Investigatingby on
Oil spills in Greenpoint is unfortunately old hat for the neighborhood. The industrial past and illegal dumping, the decades-long ExxonMobile “spill” of 17 million gallons. But apparently, the contamination of our waterways continues. Nine reports of oil leaks have been filled thus far for 2014, several of them on Newtown Creek near the Pulaski Bridge. Read the full story, Businesses Near Newtown Creek Eyed After Series of Oil Spills, State Says, by Serena Dai at DNA Info.
DEC spokesman Peter Constantakes said an investigation found that more than one facility near the creek potentially violated the laws for storing petroleum in bulk, causing the spills throughout the spring.
“Just because it’s a polluted body of water doesn’t mean that it looking like it’s very polluted is a normal thing,” Elkins said. “There’s ongoing pollution that can be prevented going forward.”