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ConEd spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the East River over the weekend

By Clayton Guse

Nothing says summer in New York like a good old oil spill. 

On Tuesday, Gothamist reported that a Con Edison substation in Brooklyn leaked a substantial amount "dielectric fluid" into the East River on Sunday, causing an oil slick that was visible from the waterfront. The spill caused delays and service changes for the NYC Ferry, and made one of New York City's grossest waterways even more disgusting. 

ConEd issued a press release following the spill, detailing what caused the mess and what its effects were.

"A transformer containing approximately 37,000 gallons of insulating oil used with electrical equipment failed on Sunday, May 7 at 12:23 pm, causing much of the oil to be released within the station property in addition to the East River," the statement said. 

ConEd also noted that the equipment failure led to a "voltage dip" that affected the MTA's subway signaling system, leading to train delays. The company, which has a name that doesn't exactly scream honesty, says that its working with the Coast Guard and other agencies to ensure that the oil is cleaned up as soon as possible. 


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