Residents Filing Freedom of Information Law Request for DEC Roebling Oil Field Reports
While the Department of Environmental Conservation has sent a letter saying that the contamination of the Roebling Oil Field / Warehouse 11 site was confined to that property before a clean up took place, some local residents are skeptical and want to see all the documentation. GL has been told to expect at least one local group will file Freedom of Information Law requests with the department for all of the consultant reports and test results relevant to the project. The Department says that it has concluded that Roebling site was the source of some oil that has migrated under N. 11 Street rather than any oil from surrounding areas impacting the Roebling site. Earlier internal communications and statements indicated that oil on the property came from a source outside the site. There are about a dozen test wells on N. 11 Street adjacent to the Warehouse 11 development. The department has not released any test results from the wells, including ones drilled by its own consultant, since last Spring. "I can't take them at their word," one resident told GL. "We want the reports and test results. If they won't turn them over voluntarily, then we'll file the legal requests to get them."