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Oil waste eating away plumbing in contaminated Carousel tract neighborhood, study says

This issue with sewer pipes is the latest development in a decade-long saga for Carousel tract residents. Developers of the 285-home community, which borders Wilmington, secretly buried remains of a former Shell Oil tank farm a few feet beneath the homes in the 1960s. The burial was kept secret until routine testing discovered soil pollution in 2008.

 

Years of state-led environmental investigations into massive oil contamination at Carson’s Carousel tract neighborhood missed a key problem for residents living amid the mess: the sewer pipes under some homes are literally corroded into dust.

Beyond the high cost of replacing sewer lines, the oil-degraded pipelines could present yet another major health concern for residents across the 50-acre community, a new city-commissioned study has found.

“The leaking, degraded, broken sewer pipes can no longer protect the occupants of the home from direct exposure to sewer gases,” the report states. “Sewer gases like hydrogen sulfide, for example, are extremely harmful to human health at certain levels. The potentially dangerous and harmful conditions … need to be addressed presently.”

The issue was discovered last year after several residents questioned whether they had stumbled on yet another pollution-related concern when their kitchen sinks backed up.

Plumbers, unable to do anything to clear the lines, put cameras down the pipes and saw complete carnage.

“There was no bottom of the pipe at all,” said one plumber, Andrew Velasquez of Rooter-Man. “It was unbelievable.”

LIVING AMID MASSIVE OIL POLLUTION

This issue with sewer pipes is the latest development in a decade-long saga for Carousel tract residents.

Developers of the 285-home community, which borders Wilmington, secretly buried remains of a former Shell Oil tank farm a few feet beneath the homes in the 1960s.

The burial was kept secret until routine testing discovered soil pollution in 2008.

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