New Bedford Slip Cleanup Wins Award
June 4, 2012
SouthCoastToday: Twelve organizations involved in the cleanup of the Manufactured Gas Plant Boat Slip [in New Bedford Harbor] will receive an award for their collaboration from the Environmental Business Council on June 6.
The slip, located across the street from the Waterfront Grill, was used as a manufactured gas plant from the 1800s through 1950. A byproduct of the plant’s manufacturing methane ethylene and hydrogen gas, the plant would dump coal tar onto the floor of the harbor.
The contamination was discovered more than 50 years after the plant closed when the Coast Guard noticed an oil sheen in the harbor that was bubbling up from under the sediment in the slip.