Before and after an Oil Spill: The Arthur Kill

Before and after an Oil Spill: The Arthur Kill

by Joanna Burger
     
 


In January 1990, the 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. 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.… See more details below

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In January 1990, the 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. 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 an imposing 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.

The contributors are John Brzorad, Angela Christini, Keith Cooper, Lynn Frink, Michael Gochfeld, Paul Hauge, Gordon Johnson,  Alan D. Maccarone, Katherine Parsons, Carolyn Summers, Robert Tucker.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813520957
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
1Introduction1
2Governmental Cooperation23
3Legal Considerations44
4The Role of Conservation Organizations64
5Rehabilitation of Contaminated Wildlife82
6Bioremediation and the Arthur Kill99
7Immediate Effects of Oil Spills on Organisms in the Arthur Kill115
8Effects of Oil on Vegetation130
9The Effects of Oil Spills on Bivalve Mollusks and Blue Crabs142
10Fiddler Crabs (Uca spp.) as Bioindicators for Oil Spills160
11Fish and Shrimp Populations in the Arthur Kill178
12Gull and Waterfowl Populations in the Arthur Kill201
13The Arthur Kill Oil Spills: Biological Effects in Birds215
14Biological Effects: Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles238
15The Arthur Kill, People, and Oil Spills253
16Ecological Risk, Risk Perception, and Harm: Lessons from the Arthur Kill265
17From the Past to the Future: Conclusions from the Arthur Kill283
18Epilogue: A Matter of Viewpoint290
Index295

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