October 13th, 2010

Chemical X

Here's another location which we have a nice video for, but no photography.
This happens occasionally when an opportunity to explore a location emerges, but I am busy elsewhere.
Christina can usually find a companion to go with, and more often than not
John Walker of Abandoned NY is kind enough to be the one to accompany her. In fact he was the one who invited us to this facility.

We have met many people during our time doing these documentaries of abandoned places.
Be them fellow explorers, or just people who find the places fascinating, as we do.
Sadly, we have mostly been disappointed with people who wish to come along on an outing.
Primarily the problem is that the people we have brought along lack any respect for their surroundings.
We even had an occasion where someone we invited along decided to invite friends without our consent,
going from a group of 3 to a group of 8, composed primarily of strangers.
That instance being the worst of all, and the primary event that has made Christina and myself very wary of others coming along with us.
I mention all this, because even though our experiences with other people have been mostly poor ones,
we have been blessed in finding a few genuinely good people in this world, which we would not have otherwise met.
Friendships forged under the banner of urban-exploration. John Walker is one of those friends.

Now, onto the actual post:

Chemical X (alias) is a 23 acre industrial facility that has recently found itself abandoned by all
but the thousands of birds that remain to call this massive web of steel and piping home.
When it was operational, it's propose was the manufacturing of a variety of organic chemical compounds,most notably Pyridine and B3.
The large amount of by-product from this work had to go somewhere though,
and in 1953 the state issued a "permit to discharge sewage or wastes into the waters of the State".
In the 1950's Chemical X was dumping 50,000 gallons of waste a week into six lagoons,each one measuring about 160 feet long by 70 feet wide.
By 1967 the facility had cut dumping back to around 7,000 gallons a week,
this was mostly due to an EPA inspection of the lagoons in 1958 and 1960.
Test results from the samples taken found traces of Arsenic, Copper, Zinc, Dichloromethane, and Di-n-Butyl Phthalate.
Due to the state's growing concerns with how to contain the contaminants from reaching a publicwell field,
which rested 800 feet from the lagoons, and served over 2,500 residents,
the state cut the use of the lagoons in 1968. The last of the lagoons were filled in the 1970's.
In the later 1970's, to keep the public safe from these contaminated lands, a fence was constructed around it's perimeter.

The 5 acres of land that were once the dumping lagoons have come to be a rolling grass-covered field.
Approximately 6,500 people live within a 3-mile radius of this site, the three closest residents living within 500 feet.
Many of these people, including the three closest, rely upon private wells for their water...

Again, filmed by Christina, edited by the both of us.
(Watch in 1080 if you can)

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