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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Groundwater and Soil Contamination (Brooklyn, NY)

On June 21, 2006, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that it “has agreed to initiate legal action against ExxonMobil Corporation to ensure that the company fulfills its obligation to clean up petroleum contamination in the Greenpoint, Brooklyn community. The contamination was caused by a number of oil spills and illegal discharges, including a 17 million gallon oil spill first detected in September 1978 that extended 52 acres under the Greenpoint area…The Greenpoint spill consists of groundwater contamination in the area between Monitor Street and Kingsland Avenue, just south of Greenpoint Avenue, and extending southeast to the vicinity of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The area also has residual petroleum contamination in soil and fill materials. DEC is currently monitoring petroleum product recovery operations as part of a 1990 consent order with ExxonMobil. To date, more than 9 million gallons of oil have been recovered in the plume area, with progress ongoing.” In February 2007, the New York Attorney General’s office filed a Notice of Intent to Sue ExxonMobil and other companies, including Chevron and BP America, for violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in regard to solid or hazardous waste contamination of soil, groundwaters, surface waters and sediments in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn. The following July, the Attorney General filed a federal lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation and ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company, seeking to stop oil currently spilling into the Greenpoint area; restore the Newtown Creek waterway, which divides Brooklyn and Queens; force heightened efforts to clean up and recover underground oil and contaminated groundwater and soil; and impose financial penalties on ExxonMobil. In November 2010, the case settled with Exxon agreeing to perform a full cleanup and pay approximately $25 million in penalties, costs and improvements to the local environment.

Misconduct Type
Environment
Enforcement Agency
State/Local
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of First Legal Action
6/21/2006
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Exxon Mobil $25,000,000

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database