In November, 2012, a Conrail train fell off a bridge in Paulsboro, spilling thousands of gallons of toxic vinyl chloride into Mantua Creek and fumes throughout the surrounding area. At the time, first responders were on the scene without protective gear, and children walked home from school in the toxic cloud. Several lawsuits are pending as a result of that debacle.
Now, Paulsboro is being hit again. Recently, Governor Christie pre-empted an $8.9 billion lawsuit that primarily was concerned with Exxon refineries in North Jersey and unilaterally decided to settle for less than 3 cents on the dollar, leaving taxpayers with the burden to remediate those sites. Adding insult to injury, his administration lumped the Paulsboro refinery and several other polluted sites around the state within the same bounds of that settlement.
Today, a group of environmental activists and Paulsboro citizens gathered next to the Exxon site there to protest the governor’s actions.
Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network explains in the video below. Additional remarks by activists and residents are below the fold:
Doug O’Malley, Director of Environment New Jersey issues a call to action for resources to clean up Exxon pollution in Paulsboro.
Dave Pringle of Clean Water Action describes the “dirty deal” between Exxon and Governor Christie.
Lena Smith of Food & Water Watch notes that Chris Christie puts his corporate benefactors ahead of the people of New Jersey.
Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club talks about the history of Exxon’s disregard for clean air and water and mentions that the Paulsboro debacle is not the only one. The Passaic River was the victim of a similar previous scheme.