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Green Point Oil Pollution
By:
Grant Wells
Andrew Tyshovnytsky
Introduction
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Occurred between
1950s until 1978
Approx. 20 mil Gallons
Spilt
Covered Area of 55
Acres
Spill Encompassed
both Residential &
Commercial Zoned
Regions of Green point
Parties Found Guilty in Oil Spill
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All three co’s
operated in spill
vicinity between
1950 and 1979
True guilty party is
still unknown
Total Cost of Oil Spill
Costs Associated to Polluters
 Prolonged cleanup created
increased legal fees
 Damaged image due to
reluctance to remedy spill
 Cleanup completion
determined by EPA and NY
State Government
 Est. $15-20 Million spent
in 2008 by Exxon
 $58 Million+ in Remedies
sought by class action
groups
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Costs Associated to
Environment
Hazardous levels of
benzene
Layers of oil underneath
affected areas
Extreme levels of Methane
Decreased property values
relative to surrounding area
Ecological Damage
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Newtown Creek was once a
fresh ground water-fed creek,
can never be cleaned to
previous state
Sediment samples of area are
1/10th oil
Lack of Oxygen in Water due
to high concentrations of oil
Raw sewage continues to be
dumped into creek as a result
of poor living conditions
In 2002, Empire Transit Mix
dumped concrete slurry into
creek, changed pH to 12 until
the slurry was cleanup up in
2005
Newtown Creek in 2002 after concrete leakage
Polluter’s Reconciliation Efforts
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ExxonMobil installation of
groundwater filtration
tanks
Increased placement of oil
booms in Newtown Creek
area
Placement of grout walls to
block further oil
penetration into Green
Point soil
Estimated cleanup of area
is between 2015 and 2020
ExxonMobil Filtration Tanks
Health Disturbances to Affected Area
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Benzene Soil
Concentration: 3.7200ppm v. EPA Safe
Level of 1ppm
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Methane Air Pollution:
23.1k-290kppm, levels
in EPA “Upper
Explosive Limit”
Effects of Pollutants in Area
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Benzene
Causes certain blood cancers
such as Lymphoma and
Leukemia
Levels in Newtown Creek/Green
Point area could increase such
cancers by 4 more reported cases
for every 100,000 people
Prolonged exposure may result
in reproductive and menstrual
problems in women
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Methane
Hazardous to humans above 5%
in air levels
Causes asphyxiation or the
deprivation of oxygen to the
body
Extremely hazardous at 12% and
above, in which breathing and
pulse rate are increased, and
unconsciousness may occur
Levels found in Green Point lie
ranging from 2.5% to 30%
presenting a large risk to
inhabitants of area
Further Coverage of Spill and Green Point Area
Information
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CBS News Piece 11.28.2006
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Additional current information may obtained at:
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http://www.riverkeeper.org/
Looking Forward…
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Class Action Decision
Public Awareness
Cleanup Efforts
Continued??
Health Risks to
Residents
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