Another Major Oil Spill at Paulsboro Refinery
Do Sweeney and Burzichelli Still Hate DEP Regulations and Red Tape?
Late yesterday, DEP issued a press release that just hit my in basket announcing a major oil spill at the Paulsboro refinery.
As is typical, DEP is downplaying risks – the press release reads as if it were written by the oil company. There is no mention of the school just feet away.
12/P16) TRENTON — A large spill from an oil tank at the Paulsboro Refining Company facility in Gloucester County is not expected to impact the Delaware River or local water supplies. Air monitoring also indicates there should be no health effects from odors caused by the spill.
… As of 4:30 p.m., 157,000 barrels — or about 6.6 million gallons — of oil had leaked into the emergency containment area. The tank holds 286,000 barrels of oil, or about 12 million gallons. The emergency containment area, essentially a large berm surrounding the tank, is designed to hold 377,000 barrels in the event of an emergency.
We called the “Community Information Line” and all we got was a tape message by the Paulsboro Refining Company – almost like an advertisement! I wanted to find out if they’ve closed the school.
Has DEP now privatized community communication too? I doubt Paulsboro Refining Company will tell the public about my concerns.
The facility has a history of spills, a pattern of operating “upsets”, and existing air releases and air toxics problems we’ve written about, see:
I’ll check the press and see what the status is and if the school issues got covered.
With Sunoco closing and leaving pollution behind and Paulsboro polluting, I wonder if Senator Sweeney and AssemblymanÂ Burzichelli still Â hate all that Red Tape and are still supporting rollbacks to environmental regulations
And of course, the fold by Legislators on spill liability is involved as well.
- Oil Spill liability cave - S2108
A bill drafted in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil blowout, that would appear to eliminate the cap on liability for oil and chemical spills, is up as well.
While some may see this as a positive, don’t fall for the Trenton Kabuki.
Make no mistake, it illustrates a total collapse by legislators – on a bipartisan basis – to the powerful lobbyists of the chemical and oil industries.
The introduced version of the bill was serious but the final version is now a corrupt and cynical joke.
Legislators gutted the bill by exempting inland oil and chemical facilities and narrowing the bill to spills ONLY from a drilling platform!. There are no and never will be any drilling platforms in NJ or off the NJ coast)
So if an oil tanker spills in the Delaware River – or a chemical plant blows up and kills nearby residents, they will have their liability capped at only $50 million.
For the ugly details on all that, see: Â Â Gulf Blowout Prompts NJ lawmakers to Seek Increase In Polluter Liability To $1 Billion