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Donald Trump, oil tycoon? That's what it sounded like in 1985, when Trump announced he had struck oil on a sprawling vacant lot he owned on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
'Isn't it amazing?'' Mr. Trump told the New York Times. 'It's a classic major oil find in Manhattan.'
Not quite. The oil wasn't from an ancient crude deposit hiding beneath the city. It was actually spilled and leaked leftovers. The property used to be a rail yard. 'The bulk of the find is No. 2 diesel oil for locomotives,' the Times pointed out.