Wow, more details about the Department of Environmental Protection totally dropped the ball during the 2003 blackout. At the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant (the Hudson River between 137th & 145th Streets), a worker prevented a huge fireball from occuring. And why would a huge fireball occur? Well, since generators weren't working, the flame that would burn methane gas went out...and methane would have built up, and as we all know from high school chem, methane can go kerblooey. Luckily, a DEP employee "lit an old broomstick and reignited the burner," according to DEP reports. Well, Gothamist supposes that's why these plants are monitored by humans.
And while Gothamist loves information, even we got a little queasy after reading this comment, to yesterday's post about how the DEP dumped millions of gallons of raw sewage into the East River because of the blackout: A month ago I watched a pipe around 86th street spew thousands of gallons of what was clearly raw sewage into the east river. How did I know it was raw sewage? Well it was either raw sewage or someone was just getting rid of their lifelong collection of baby ruth bars, gift wrapped in toilet paper. At any rate, we'd like a scrappy local news investigative reporter to find out (maybe Arnold Diaz?).