Albany – Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan applauded New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s announcement today that he would go forward with a lawsuit against ExxonMobil Corporation for polluting the 3.5 mile Newtown Creek which runs between Queens and Brooklyn.
Cuomo has been leading a continuing investigation of ExxonMobil’s inability to complete clean-up of a spill discovered in 1978 which spewed an estimated 17 million gallons of oil into Newtown Creek and contaminated 55 acres of land including homes and business in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The pumping system used by Exxon Mobile in the interim to remove contaminants from the water and return it to the creek has been largely ineffective.
“It is a disgrace to have taken this long to clean-up the mess. The people of Queens and Brooklyn should not have to live with toxic chemicals in their back yard while ExxonMobil enjoys high profits. ExxonMobil should be forced to invest whatever it takes to restore Newtown Creek and the surrounding ground water contaminated by the spill,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Queens).
Assemblywoman Nolan and her colleague Assemblywoman Marge Markey have actively supported the Attorney General’s efforts to take action against ExxonMobil for what they see as a lack of respect for the environment and the people who live near Newtown Creek.
“Exxon needs to take responsibility for the toll the oil spill has taken on this community and for the harm it may have caused in the long term not only to the environment but to people’s health,” said Assemblywoman Nolan.
According to a release issued by the Attorney General, the lawsuit seeks the termination of oil spills into the creek; scientific testing and investigations to determine the full scope of the environmental contamination in the area; increased recovery of underground oil; clean-up of contaminated groundwater and soil; damages for the injuries to the affected natural resources; and substantial financial penalties.
Assemblywoman Nolan will continue to support the steadfast work of Attorney General Cuomo to bring the oil giant to justice.