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Hurricane Sandy Causes 336,000 Gallons of Diesel to Spill Between Staten Island and New Jersey

The Motiva oil tank facility where the spill took place.

Image: The Motiva oil tank facility where the spill took place.

inhabitat.com -November 1st, 2012 - Yuka Yoneda

Just when we thought the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy couldn’t get any worse, news reports are now saying that 336,000 gallons of diesel fuel has spilled into the Arthur Kill waterway between Staten Island and New Jersey. The leak occurred at the Motiva oil tank facility in Woodbridge, N.J. after a storage tank ruptured from a Sandy storm surge. According to NBC News, the Coast Guard is saying they believe that all of the spilled fuel is contained by booms in the waters for now.

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It's Global Warming, Stupid

Hurricane Sandy churns off the coast of Florida as a line of clouds associated with a powerful cold front approaches the U.S. East Coast on Oct. 26, 2012

image: Hurricane Sandy churns off the coast of Florida as a line of clouds associated with a powerful cold front approaches the U.S. East Coast on Oct. 26, 2012

businessweek.com - November 1st, 2012 - Paul M. Barrett

Men and women in white lab coats tell us—and they’re right—that many factors contribute to each severe weather episode. Climate deniers exploit scientific complexity to avoid any discussion at all.

Clarity, however, is not beyond reach. Hurricane Sandy demands it: At least 40 U.S. deaths.

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Bloomberg Sets 3+ Carpool Rule to Drive into Manhattan

foresthills.patch.com - November 1st, 2012 - Amy Sara Clark

Following the onslaught of cars that brought traffic to a standstill in much of New York City Wednesday, the city is requiring Manhattan-bound cars to have at least three passengers for the next two days.

“The streets just cannot handle the number of cars that have tried to come in,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Only vehicles with three or more people will be able to cross the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro bridges between 6 a.m. and midnight on Thursday and Friday on the Manhattan-bound side.

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Hurricane Sandy's Economic Damage Could Reach $50 Billion, Eqecat Estimates

huffingtonpost.com - November 1st, 2012 - Matthew Craft

Widespread power outages and subway shutdowns may wind up making Superstorm Sandy the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, according to the forecasting firm Eqecat. That would rank it right behind Hurricane Katrina.

Eqecat said Thursday that the damage from the storm will likely be far worse than it previously predicted, largely a result of Sandy hitting the most densely populated area in the country.

The firm doubled its previous estimate for the total bill and now says Sandy may have caused between $30 billion and $50 billion in economic losses, including property damage, lost business and extra living expenses.

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