Earlier this year, State Comptroller Alan Hevesi asked that the Department of Environmental Conservation not negotiate a settlement agreement with ExxonMobil about a 1978 oil spill of 17 million gallons (bigger than the Valdez spill) off Newtown Creek. And now, tests that the DEC performed show there are "elevated levels of the carcinogen benzene and the potentially combustible gas methane in the soil". Oh, dear.

There will be a public hearing to discuss the new findings on September 27 at 92 Nassau Avenue in Brooklyn, 7PM. Read the DEC's press release on the findings here and what the environmental group Riverkeeper, which sued over the spill, is doing here.