High levels of explosive methane gas have been discovered next to Bronx
homes that abut a dump the city is turning into a golf course for Donald Trump, a Daily News investigation has found.
As construction of the $97 million links has accelerated this year,
methane in quantities the state considers potentially volatile has been
repeatedly detected in test wells just yards away from homes.
Residents of this working-class neighborhood had no idea — and weren’t too pleased.
“That concerns me. What are we breathing?” asked Stephanie Machuca,
whose Balcolm Ave. condo sits about 25 feet from a green-capped well
that registered excessive amounts of methane in May.
The Trump golf course is now under construction on top of a dump that
was closed in 1963. The decomposing garbage that’s still underground
creates methane, a highly volatile gas that’s been percolating under
Ferry Point for years.
Occasionally the test results showed higher levels of methane. But in
recent months, the tests have regularly detected concentrations at the
project’s edge far in excess of the LEL, records show.
The state is aware of this rash of high methane levels. In response, it
has decided not to shut down construction but to increase the frequency
of monitoring. “We’re concerned about movement of landfill gas.
Okay, why the hell are we building a golf course for Donald Trump? And using shady contractors, to boot?