According to representatives of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), approximately 1600 residential properties suffered oil spills following Superstorm Sandy. Most of the spills were the result of damaged heating oil tanks. More than 3000 oil spills were reported following Sandy for all categories of properties.
NYSDEC performed emergency response such as removing damaged tanks and floating product but property owners are responsible for completing remediation. To facilitate insurance coverage, NYSDEC will issue notice of liability letters upon request. These letters can be obtained by contacting the NYSDEC region offices.