Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Ground at Roebling Oil Field Still Oozing Black Slime

Roebling Ooze With Arrows

We stopped by site of the development called McCarren Park Mews at N. 11th and Roebling--AKA The Roebling Oil Field--and found to our horror that the west end of the site, which has yet to gain a foundation, is oozing even more oil than the east end, which has already gained concrete. The site still gives off the stench of petroleum products, which looked a little like black sorbet in frigid temperatures that had clearly increased its viscosity. At some point, this will all be covered over remediated and things will go on as though nothing awful was ever down there. For the time being, however, it's interesting to note that oil is oozing up through the entire site. We'll let the photos below do the rest of the talking.

Roebling Ooze One

Roebling Ooze Three

Roebling Ooze Two

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you know the mechanics of cleaning up pollution? You know all the chemistry and engineering and pollution management techniques involved? You have a masters degree that qualifies you to make judgments better than all the architects, engineers, government regulators, city planners, and environmental scientists also working on this site?

Or perhaps you're just some knee-jerk anti-development critic who in one breath decries all the polluted sites in Brooklyn and then in the next breath decries anyone who tries to do something about those polluted sites?

I think I know the answer.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Bob said...

It's nice to know that the developers have hired people to make comments on blogs. Perhaps a sign of desperation? Well, if you make your living by impoverishing others, I suppose you have to go to every length to try to improve your image.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, i think anonymous is right...

4:54 PM  
Anonymous chuck said...

anonymous is a stooge who wouldn't dare live in this building either.

do you think it's healthy to live in a building that is floating in a puddle of toxic ooze?

would you dare raise your children in the middle of an oil sludge pool?

do you want your water pipes running through this crap, or want to sleep above a building steeping in its fumes?

do you think that any developer or real estate agent will dare show a potential buyer these pictures -- and explain how "all the architects, engineers, government regulators, city planners and environmnental scientists" have said that it's safe, like anonymous says?

ha!

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you need to be a rocket scientist to realize this is not good?

I think you think you know the answer.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you are familiar with the unknown health problems that may surface years later? Decades later?Do you have a PhD that studies acute and chronic respiratory illness, birth defect rate, and other unknown causes of illness? Do you have studies that show abnormally high concentrations of carcinogenic substances already in the environment?

Or perhaps you really have no intention of inhabiting the same place that you defend. Will you live there?

I think I know the answer.

11:00 AM  

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