This is Sunoco Refinery – West Deptford, NJ
I thought it might be interesting for readers to take a look at the Sunoco Coastal Eagle Refinery which was the subject of the DEP NRD Deal with new owner El Paso.
The Settlement document lacks any factual findings that describe the specific NR damages (how convenient for El Paso!). It merely references various very old remedial investigations. So until I can file an OPRA and review the documents, we’ll speculate about the nature and scope of pollution impacts (DEP leaks welcome!). I do have some old RCRA documents that show a regulated old landfarm and lime slurry operations. The site is bordered by the Delaware River at the top (west) and dense (1/4 acre lot) residential neighborhoods on the left (south) and right (north).
Let’s take a few closer looks – I’m no aerial map interpretation expert, but I’ve been to the site and will make notes.
That’s Red Bank Elementary School at the bottom left. How’d you like to send you kids to that school? Surprisingly, the thin strip of land between the refinery and the school (300 feet?) was posted as “endangered species habitat”. What kind of critters liketo live amidst toxic discharges? Maybe Coooper’s Hawk has adapted to live there too, as well as in the suburbs! That looks like a pond – wonder if the fish are edible and how the other aquatic life are doing? Were these resources damaged by Sunoco and part of the NRD deal?
On lower left, note the wetlands, and stream flowing from the pond to the river. Note the drainage ditch along the perimeter that also discharges to the river. There may be old unlined surface impoundments and lagoons stored toxic liquid hazardous waste on site. These and hundreds of spills and leaks over decades of operation, have led to massive soil and groundwater pollution. I assume that this groundwater pollution and surface runoff from the site are polluting the Delaware and poisoning ecosystems. I wonder what the Baseline Ecological Evaluation and NR damage assessment concluded about all that? How much are those resources worth?
Looks like there are some pretty valuable natural resources and sensitive receptors at the northern perimeter of the facility too. How’d you like to live in that neighborhood?
That’s a Farm down there, but it sure don’t look like Old MacDonald’s Farm. Does it look well maintained?
Gee, I wonder what kind of toxic crap is in this tank?
But don’t worry, be happy. The business friendly Christie DEP’s is looking out for you and Bob Martin is treating his “customers” (Sunoco) right! (look at that logo! Wow! The Official Fuel of NASCAR! But that tank in the lefthand background doesn’t look too good).