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The Long Island oil spill nobody told you about

The Long Island Oil Spill Nobody Told You About

PIX11 reports that crews are working in the Long Island Sound to clamp a leak on a power line that was cut back on January 6th and started leaking hundreds of gallons of oil.

The emergency containment has gone largely unnoticed for nearly a month despite a large staging area in Tappen Beach. As PIX11′s chopper flew overhead Tuesday, boats were at then scene where divers have been working around the clock in bitterly cold waters even when air temperatures have been well below freezing.

An incident report shows as much as 400 gallons of a dielectric fluid has been released. The liquid is used alongside electrical lines to prevent sparks. The cable itself belongs to the New York Power Authority which says the leak is non-toxic but neither government entity the EPA nor the US Coast Guard would confirm that assessment to PIX11 News. According to one report, the total amount at risk in the spill is 8,000 gallons.

NYPA tells PIX11 it believes a vessel belonging to Bouchard Transportation dropped its anchor in the wrong place, damaging the line. NYPA is suing Bouchard Transportation in Federal Court in part to recoup the costs of repairing the line.

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roclin1 February 05 2014 at 3:07 PM

Liquid dielectric

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A liquid dielectric is a dielectric material in liquid state. Its main purpose is to prevent or rapidly quench electric discharges. Dielectric liquids are used as electrical insulators in high voltage applications, e.g. transformers, capacitors, high voltage cables, and switchgear (namely high voltage switchgear). Its function is to provide electrical insulation, suppress corona and arcing, and to serve as a coolant.

A good liquid dielectric should have high dielectric strength, high thermal stability and chemical inertness against the construction materials used, non-flammability and low toxicity, good heat transfer properties, and low cost.

Liquid dielectrics are self-healing; when an electric breakdown occurs, the discharge channel does not leave a permanent conductive trace in the fluid.

The electrical properties tend to be strongly influenced by dissolved gases (e.g. oxygen or carbon dioxide, dust, fibers, and especially ionic impurities and moisture. Electrical discharge may cause production of impurities degrading the dielectric's performance.[1]

Some examples of dielectric liquids are transformer oil, perfluoroalkanes, and purified water.

+ Common liquid dielectrics

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jemcocontracting February 05 2014 at 1:25 PM

Enough about the weather ,more about the oil leaking into our water near Tappen beach. Why isn't news 12 covering this. Wake up News 12

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rance516 jemcocontracting February 05 2014 at 2:27 PM

If the same product was spilled in any other body of water, News Media would be all over it. Especially if it was in Texas!

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Trish February 05 2014 at 1:25 PM

WOW - not even Huffington Post new either. Idiots run Huffington Post...

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kubi490 Trish February 05 2014 at 2:19 PM

you are aware that aol purchased huffington post

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otterfox7 February 05 2014 at 1:23 PM

Hmm, we have dolphins beaching themselves all over the place. Whales beaching themselves, starfish dead all over - Hmm. More and more shark attacks near shore - Hmm. Does this tell anybody anything? Our oceans are in big trouble! God bless us all!

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bniel77644 February 05 2014 at 6:07 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen, today the NEW normal, is yesterday's abnormal…get use to it. I am stunned by the decadence we face today.

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ssass3101 February 05 2014 at 6:16 PM

the world now days is juat a big ugly mess

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DaniellaStar4God ssass3101 February 05 2014 at 6:30 PM

Were have YOU been?? LOL! It's ALWAYS been a mess!

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kmcc895370 February 05 2014 at 1:14 PM

You are going to see more and more things go unreported as our government inches closer and closer to a Big Brother Police state. Today an oil spill, tomorrow a riot caused by hungry people who were cut from food stamps to maimtain the Washington Gangs lifestyle.

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jb070272 kmcc895370 February 05 2014 at 1:19 PM

I hardly think that food stamp recipients who are mostly Caucasian mothers with children will attempt to copy the "Washington Gang Lifestyle." Where do you get this stuff from?

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pappytf jb070272 February 05 2014 at 1:28 PM


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bocasmiles February 05 2014 at 6:19 PM

Typical...we don't know half the crap that goes on!

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DaniellaStar4God bocasmiles February 05 2014 at 6:31 PM

LOL "Headlines: We don't know crap!"

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gilligan89 February 05 2014 at 6:26 PM

Dielectric fluid? Could it be remnants of Askarel fluid, which contains polyclorinated biphenyls (PCB's). PCB's cause cancer in mice and were phased out in the 1980's. If its and old trasmission cable, it could have been flushed and refilled with a "safer" fluid. It is extremely strange that they are not releasing the industrial name of the fluid that leaked. It makes me suspicious that some form of toxic spill may be covered up.

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RandyT gilligan89 February 05 2014 at 10:01 PM


Not all dielectric fluid is toxic. deoends what was used on that pipe line.

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cza2129 February 05 2014 at 1:25 PM

Dielectric Fluids are either mineral or vegetable based...so calm down people, they didn't tell you because it is non toxic and won't harm the environment. They have to be approved by the EPA for use as well. The sky is not falling, no conspiracy here.

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hammer614 cza2129 February 05 2014 at 1:40 PM

Just remember a short time ago in the 60's.........that's when the gov't said that DDT was the best thing on earth and they sprayed it everywhere. I can remember watching the older kids on my block running after the town trucks spraying the stuff. The gov't tell us the truth....LOL

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