Paulsboro’s Double Trouble

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:

Paulsboro resident Sonia Sheard calls on Governor Christie to ensure sufficient resources are available to clean up the pollution left in her town by Exxon.


Doug O’Malley, Director of Environment New Jersey issues a call to action for resources to clean up Exxon pollution in Paulsboro.


Paulsboro resident Natasha Lavard  on the Exxon giveaway that will leave her town with a polluted site and insufficient funds for remediation.


Trisha Sheehan of Mom’s Clean Air Force, along with her son Liam, explains what needs to be done to remediate the Exxon site 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.

Comment (1)

  1. Tom Paine

    Democratic legislators have done little to protect public health and enforce environmental laws to the benefit of the people of paulsboro, including the former Mayor and current Assemblyman Burzichelli.

    Since Jan. 2008, I have visited PB numerous times and written 43 columns about the serious set of environmental problems in Pauslboro, and in the process, called out the failures by Democratic legislators.

    Some of my work in Paulsboro got me detained by police, and investigated by FBI and Department of Homeland Security and placed on domestic watch list.

    So, it rankles somewhat to note this, when most talking loudly now were silent for so many years.

    I guess that’s why I read about this on Blue Jersey instead of being there.

    Sour grapes?

    I don’t think so.

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