Settlement reached in Newtown Creek cleanup

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo today announced a multimillion-dollar settlement with Exxon Mobil that requires the oil giant to intensify its cleanup of Newtown Creek.

The $25 million settlement will go toward paying penalties and for projects that benefit Greenpoint in the largest single payment of its kind in New York history.

Exxon began extracting about 17 million gallons of oil from the ground 20 years ago using a network of wells, but the pace of the cleanup has frustrated neighborhood residents.

Oil has leaked continuously into Newtown Creek, which separates Brooklyn from Queens. Some people living above the oil plume had complained about fumes in their basements.

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