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NY to Sue Exxon Mobil Over Slow Cleanup of Huge Underground Oil Slick Beneath Brooklyn

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New York's attorney general told Exxon Mobil and two other oil companies Thursday that he intends to sue them for taking decades to clean up a giant underground pond of petroleum left by the refineries that once lined Brooklyn's waterfront.


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Holly Troubetzkoy (167)
Friday February 9, 2007, 6:04 am
Excellent work Cal. Fascinating article. Riverkeeper has campaigned for years for tougher state action against the companies. The organization's president, Alex Matthiessen, said Exxon Mobil's days of treating Brooklyn "like a dumping ground are numbered."

When the Coast Guard first noticed the spill in 1978, some experts estimated that it totaled 17 million gallons -- about 6 million more than the tanker Exxon Valdez is believed to have spilled.

Exactly how the oil got in the ground is a matter of debate. One theory is that it is from a 1950 explosion, while Exxon says it was probably from a series of leaks from now-closed refineries and terminals in the area.

The state also gave notice Thursday of its intent to sue two other companies for unrelated contamination in the creek: KeySpan, which is responsible for a defunct gas plant, and Phelps Dodge, which operated a now-demolished copper smelting plant.

Keyspan said it would cooperate in any cleanup. A spokesman for Phoenix-based Phelps Dodge said the company has spent $20 million cleaning up its site.

Holly T

Peggy P (1)
Friday February 9, 2007, 6:51 am
Finally - action against these companies that have been poluting NY for years.

Lil Judd (70)
Friday February 9, 2007, 8:19 am
I hope that NY wins & that for once Exxon Mobile actually do what they're ordered to do. Exxon Valdez is still on my mind.

Scott Cooper (35)
Friday February 9, 2007, 7:35 pm
This is an important action because it relates to a tendency by Exxon to skate and obfuscate to avoid paying properly ajudicated and levied fines in order to protract the settlement. They (Dubya's Buddies) haven't yet settled the Exxon-Valdez disaster's Court Issues or recompensed the Native Community for destruction of resources or livelyhoods.

J S (0)
Friday February 9, 2007, 9:27 pm
They don't have time for cleanup, they are too busy counting their profits.

Blue B (855)
Sunday February 11, 2007, 8:36 am
Exposing ExxonMobil, Part II

Monday February 12, 2007, 2:37 pm

Vikas S (261)
Thursday February 15, 2007, 9:37 am
it is so
from Born and brought up in India ,,,Graduated in civil engineering in 1986 ,, Embark on global campaign ONFOOT for" Global Friendship and Peace" ,, by giving up job in 1987 . 10/30,, Traveresed through the capital of landlocked 63 countries of Asia and Europe ..covered around 80,000 kms with warm welcoming ,,before turning back to india in 15/08/2001 ,, realised missing of global feelings despite of meeting own Prime minister& others and much focused in media,,Therefore, doing road show and e campaigning as a Good will ambassador of 63 countries who born and brought up in India";>
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Past Member (0)
Saturday March 17, 2007, 7:43 pm
i did not know exon never paid for valdez yet. .I am an idiot

Past Member (0)
Friday March 30, 2007, 11:40 pm
Its about time they held their feet to the fire about that disaster. They need to be held accountable for their actions, it's not like they can't afford it..they make totally obscene profits anyway!!

John A (29)
Tuesday May 1, 2007, 9:47 am
That is just amazing that they were allowed to let it get that bad in the first place
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