Before and after an Oil Spill: The Arthur Kill

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New Brunswick, NJ 1994 Hard cover New. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 324 p.

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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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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 15-mile strait that runs between New Jersey and Staten Island, New York. This volume 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. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813520957
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Governmental Cooperation 23
3 Legal Considerations 44
4 The Role of Conservation Organizations 64
5 Rehabilitation of Contaminated Wildlife 82
6 Bioremediation and the Arthur Kill 99
7 Immediate Effects of Oil Spills on Organisms in the Arthur Kill 115
8 Effects of Oil on Vegetation 130
9 The Effects of Oil Spills on Bivalve Mollusks and Blue Crabs 142
10 Fiddler Crabs Uca spp. as Bioindicators for Oil Spills 160
11 Fish and Shrimp Populations in the Arthur Kill 178
12 Gull and Waterfowl Populations in the Arthur Kill 201
13 The Arthur Kill Oil Spills: Biological Effects in Birds 215
14 Biological Effects: Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles 238
15 The Arthur Kill, People, and Oil Spills 253
16 Ecological Risk, Risk Perception, and Harm: Lessons from the Arthur Kill 265
17 From the Past to the Future: Conclusions from the Arthur Kill 283
18 Epilogue: A Matter of Viewpoint 290
Index 295
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