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Local environmental groups upset by Hudson River accident

Apr 06, 2017 12:04 am
The Daily Freeman rounds up local reaction to a barge carrying nearly 2.5 million gallons of gasoline running aground in the Hudson River April 4. The barge was freed hours later without spilling any gasoline. Still, environmental groups were not happy. “This incident underscores the serious threat posed by the transport of crude oil and other hazardous materials through the Hudson Valley,” Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan said in a prepared statement. “Fortunately, no gasoline was spilled, but the next time we may not be so lucky. Establishing dozens of new locations for these barges to anchor in the Hudson would only increase the risks of groundings, collisions and spills ... that could pose serious risks to local water supplies and irreplaceable aquatic habitats.” John Lipscomb, a patrol boat captain for Riverkeeper, called for a ban on moving such products on the river in a statement, “We don’t want that increased transport of Bakken oil on the Hudson, precisely because accidents happen, and crude oil, poisonous to the life in the river, cannot be recovered from a moving body of water like the Hudson.” Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.
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