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Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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Blue Spruce from Williamsburg, Bedford Street says:
Yes affordable housing is important. However, why does anyone want to live on a toxic "oil spill."

I am talking about the Roebling Oil Field and the millions of gallons of "leaked" oil that is under Williamsburg. Fact. Google: Toxic Williamsburg.

Does anyone remember what happened to Love Canal home owners? They were forced to leave their homes and lost their investment.

In the last 10 years Williamsburg has become "important" because it has become an expensive place to live. In 10 years, when the hipsters and artists are gone and the yuppies ask why their kids have cancer there will be a well organized search for the truth. And what will the truth show? That anyone who read Vice Magazine before it sold out to Viacom knew that there was more oil under Williamsburg than in a super tanker. Fact. Exxon admits it.

So now what? Everyone with a vested interest in Williamsburg will lie and sell to the over-rich and under-smart and those who buy now will be left to pay to clean up the mess under their property.

Is The Blue Spruce over reacting? Try this little test: stand on the corner of North 11th and Roebling Street and sniff the air. Then go to a local broker and ask to buy one of the basement apartments in the area. Do the sniff test in one or two basement apartments. Tell the broker that you want to do a test for toxins in the soil under the apartment.

Try it! It's fun, informative and gives you interesting insight into the complex issues of Real Estate Dual Agency issues.

After the thrill of being a wise guy wears off, if you feel the need to reform real estate law and boycott Exxon... don't blame The Spruce.

The Blue Spruce
Feb. 22, 2008, 8:21 pm

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