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Underreported: Update on Newtown Creek Oil Spill

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The oil spill in Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is the largest in the country. The Environmental Protection Agency has just released a study that found the spill may be much larger than was originally reported, and that the oil may still be seeping into the waterway. Basil Seggos, Legal Investigator at Riverkeeper, joins Leonard to discuss how this study will affect cleanup efforts on the site.

Learn more about what you can do about Newtown Creek here

Listen to our Newtown Creek segment from November 2005 here

Guests:

Basil Seggos

Comments [4]

Bryan from Williamsburg

As a resident of the area and a frequenter of the newly opened waterfront park this past summer I’m forced to wonder, along with the government, why aren’t developers and brokers being held accountable as well? Or are they?

It’s frightening to think of the health impact 20 to 30 years from now

Thanks for covering this issue yet again!

Sep. 20 2007 01:18 PM
Trevor from LIC

As a resident of nearby LIC/Hunter's Point/Court Square, I'm going to look further into this.

Thanks WNYC

Sep. 20 2007 12:46 PM
david

I was told that there was an environmental liason to the NYC govt from Williamsburg/ Greenpoint during Giliuani's mayorship. Is there still such a person working with or for NYC?

Sep. 20 2007 12:39 PM
rob from brooklyn

Thanks for continuing to discuss this story.

I'm curious: what are the potential long-term health affects of this spill? My little boy spent his whole gestation and his first 3 years of life in Greenpoint. Should we worry? What should we do?

BTW, we left Greenpoint for Windsor Terrace. Too damn expensive in addition to issues like the spill.

Thanks. Love the show.

RK

Sep. 20 2007 12:30 PM

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