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‘Catastrophic’ Failure at Brooklyn Con Ed Spills 37,000 Gallons of Transformer Oil

A U.S. Coast Guard said that “catastrophic transformer failure” at a Con Edison station in downtown Brooklyn, New York caused 37,000 gallons of dielectric fluid, or transformer insulating oil, to leak onto property grounds and into the East River on Sunday.As reported by Gothamist, witnesses said the oil slick could be seen all the way in the Queens borough.

The exact amount of oil released into the river is currently unclear, but the New York City Patch reported the Coast Guard needed to declare a “safety zone” in waters around the Greenpoint, Midtown and Red Hook neighborhoods as the discharge spread into the river Monday night. The safety zone was still in effect on Tuesday.

Source: ‘Catastrophic’ Failure at Brooklyn Con Ed Spills 37,000 Gallons of Transformer Oil

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