ExxonMobil takes its environmental remediation responsibilities seriously. Our goal is the same as the community's – to remediate the petroleum contamination stemming from our historical operations in Greenpoint as quickly and safely as possible. We will be in Greenpoint until the job is done and done right. Remediation projects such as the one in Greenpoint – where petroleum products are underground and not easily accessed – simply take time to complete, and remediation is expected to continue for a number of years. Throughout this time, the health, safety and welfare of those living and working in the Greenpoint community are our number one priority.
Through the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), which teaches the importance of protecting marine ecosystems, area students learn to manage an oyster hatchery that grows more than 10 million oysters each year – and reduces truck traffic!
The Northeast section of Greenpoint is the site of petroleum contamination from multiple contributors that accumulated over more than 100 years. To date, more than 8.8 million gallons of product have been recovered by ExxonMobil, and a total of more than 12.7 million gallons recovered overall.
From the ironworks and shipyards of the 1840s, Greenpoint and ExxonMobil have a long, shared history. By 1900, more than 50 refineries were in operation in the area, several of which likely contributed to the petroleum contamination underneath Greenpoint. The ongoing remediation of this contamination is a complicated process, and ExxonMobil uses the best proven technology and careful planning to ensure a safe and effective recovery.