Tuesday, May 9, 2017

37,000 gallons of oil dumped into East River from Con Ed transformer malfunction

A Con Edison substation in Brooklyn spewed dielectric fluid into the East River on Sunday, causing an oil slick that witnesses said could be seen in Queens, and now officials are working to clean up the mess, a Coast Guard spokesperson said today. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy said a "catastrophic failure" of a transformer at a Con Edison surrogate substation in Brooklyn caused the oil to be released into the river. (Dielectric fluid is a mineral oil used to prevent electric discharges and insulate power cables, among other things.)
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