Saturday, May 12, 2007

Toxic Tourism: Roebling Oil Field Has Fans!!!

Roebling Oil Field Tourism

We were amused to come across this gentelman in Williamsburg shooting video of the Roebling Oil Field, the building site at N. 11th and Roebling Streets that has been oozing oil since last fall. We don't know if the vids had anything to do with the oil or if he just found it a picturesque construction site, but we thought we'd share.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a non-story this one is.
if you're trying to expose something, you didn't do that here you only exposed your desperate attempts to crap on wburg at every available opportunity.
a guy videoing the site? or, excuse me, a 'fan'?
not funny. just stupid. keep up the irrelevant work.
i bet you won't even post this.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, this is getting really old, really fast. Mr. Williamsburg developer/property owner/anonymous commenter: you could be swimming in Williamsburg oil up to your eyes and you'd still deny the existence of oil in the neighborhood. It is clear to anyone who reads this blog regularly that you are scared to death that these posts will hurt your property value(s). So you respond with frothy denunciations of this news and ad hominem attacks on bloggers. Instead of working so hard to protect your investment, why don't you put some time and energy into protecting your tenants (not to mention those whom you have surely displaced) by joining the efforts to clean up this mess? Why not work toward an environmentally safe and economically affordable Williamsburg (and borough, city, state, country, etc.)? Canyou honestly expend so much energy on protecting the mechanisms that pollute and impoverish?

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't the lack of exaggeration when it comes to an environmental issue located in Williamsburg, and not Greenpoint, revealing. Commenter # 1 is actually calling this oil spill story a non story. The fifty year old Standard oil spill on the Newtown Creek was renamed the Greenpoint oil spill last year in an attempt to mislead the public about phony health issues. The Roebling oil spill (aka Williamsburg oil spill) never even makes it in the press. Williamsburg is getting a taste of what a smear campaign feels like when it is unleashed on a community.

Lets do a toxic score card.

Liquid Natural Gas storage facilities in Williamsburg: Yes, in East Williamsburg

Liquid Natural Gas storage facilities in Greenpoint: none

Radioactive storage facilities in Williamsburg: Radiac on Kent Ave

Radioactive storage facilities in Greenpoint: none

Williamsburg oil spill size: Unknown (it might be even bigger than the Exxon Valdez) The Astral oil company operated on the Williamsburg waterfront for decades and may have spilled over 100 million gallons of oil into the ground under Williamsburg contaminating ground water and creating toxic vapors. Many of Williamsburg's cancer victims may have died because of this oil contamination. Many more may die in the future. Williamsburg's high cancer rates may now be better understood. How many new residents know about the potential deadly health risks that this oil poses?

Greenpoint oil spill size: defined and now half its original size.

Williamsburg oil spill location: Under newly developed luxury condos and possibly under the majority of the developing community. The full devastating results can only be determined by a lengthy study.

Greenpoint oil spill location: Under the remote industrial property next to the East Williamsburg industrial park.

Greenpoint condos being built on former toxic brownfields: none

Williamsburg condos being built on toxic brownfields: Many (including the Eastern District Site, and now the Williamsburg Oil field site)

Blogs dedicated to spreading lies about toxic hazards in Williamsburg: Hard to find

Blogs dedicated to spreading lies about toxic hazards in Greenpoint: You can hardly swing a stick without hitting one.

The Billyburg liars are getting found out. Truth has a way of surfacing when you give it time. A little taste of your own medicine.

1:07 PM  

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