Monday, April 09, 2007

Roebling Street Now Has Oil Wells

Roebling Test Well

Six months after oil started oozing into the construction site at N. 11th and Roebling Street in Williamsburg--and years after it was discovered on a site across the street--the Department of Environmental Conservation is trying to figure out from where the Williamsburg Black Gold is coming. There are now two "test wells," one on the west side of Roebling in the sidewalk next to the Roebling Oil Field (pictured above) and the other across the street, in the sidewalk next to the notoriously stinky cabbage plant (which city inspectors once mistook for the source of the oil smells neighbors were calling in about). So, while it's interesting that officialdom is trying to discover the source of the oil, and we suppose that better late than never is always a good adage, here's our question: Why wasn't it a pressing concern last fall when pools of oil were collecting atop the mud at N. 11th and Roebling?

Related Post:
Roebling Oil Field Update: Drilling Begins


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