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Oil slicks and ‘black mayonnaise’: 45 years after historic oil spill, Newtown Creek is still recovering

newtown creek with bridge

Nov. 17, 2023 By Isabel Song Beer Newtown Creek is known among local residents and environmentalists as being one of the most polluted ecological sites in the continental U.S. The creek, runs for roughly 3.5 miles between Greenpoint and Long Island City, Queens,  is one of the heaviest-used commercial bodies of water in the country. Industrial refineries line the bank of the creek and are responsible for managing recycled waste, sewage and — in the case of the 110 acre National Grid facility — volatile liquefied natural gas.  It seems that since the dawn of industrialization in the region, the…
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