Before and After An Oil Spill

Before and After An Oil Spill

The Arthur Kill

eBook - 1994
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In January 1990, New York Harbor suffered a major oil spill when an underwater pipe at an Exxon refinery leaked into the Arthur Kill, the fifteen-mile strait that runs between New Jersey and Staten Island, New York. The waterway is home to herons and egrets, fiddler crabs and sea turtles, and a favorite place for recreational fishing, bird-watching, hiking, and boating. It is also lined with refineries and a busy corridor for oil tankers. Because this industrial activity posed such a threat to the fragile ecosystem, biologists had been monitoring the region's water, soil, vegetation, and wildlife for some time before the oil spill. Thus, we have before-and-after data about the habitat - the only oil spill anywhere for which this is true. This unique book discusses the human consequences of the oil spill as well as providing detailed studies of its effects on the plants and animals of the Arthur Kill. Biologists, environmentalists, lawyers, and officials worldwide will find this book an essential guide to dealing with - and possibly preventing - future environmental disasters.
Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, ©1994.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 305 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Burger, Joanna
Alternative Title: Before & after an oil spill


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