Should towns up and down the Hudson River be rest stops on a mulitilane highway for barges carrying crude oil? If you care about the health and vitality of the beleaguered Hudson, the answer should be no, absolutely not.
Much of the increase in traffic is comprised of petroleum shipments, which account for a significant percentage of the billions of tons of cargo on the Hudson every year. That is one of the main reasons for the opposition, as more oil barges result in more risk of an oil spill.
The container ships carrying this volatile cargo can hold up to 4 million gallons. Any accident could be deadly. Even if there is not an explosion and fire, a leak—with currently inadequate response systems—could devastate the river.
“The Coast Guard’s proposal to install new anchorage sites is a disaster, and I urge my friends and neighbors in the Hudson Valley to make their opinion known on this important matter – the health of our river and our communities depends on it,” said Rep. Maloney.
In our long-term ongoing attempt to return the Hudson toward the unpolluted state that native Americans once enjoyed, we are going to need a very firm hand — very firm. I say we should ban, in perpetuity, the transport of crude on our river.