A risky cargo on the Hudson River

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New York World: A pair of oil barges idling at the Port of Albany loomed over the waterfront recently, dwarfing two tugboats and a flock of seagulls that floated by on the Hudson River. The barges, both 116 feet long and tethered to tugboats, were preparing for their trip south on the river, laden with oil. The tugboats that would … Read More

U.S. barge operators transport domestic crude on inland rivers

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Professional Mariner: Until two years ago, the southerly movement of crude oil by barge between the Midwest and the Gulf Coast was almost nonexistent. As a result of a boom in domestic oil production — particularly in the Bakken Shale formation that stretches from western North Dakota into Montana and Canada — tug and barge companies have jumped into the “black … Read More

Global Partners ends plan to ship more oil down Hudson River

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NorthJersey.com: The amount of oil being shipped down the Hudson River may not increase as significantly as expected after a company pulled plans to transfer crude from trains to barges at a facility 50 miles north of the George Washington Bridge. In a letter to New York environmental officials, Global Partners withdrew its permit applications to redevelop a former shipyard … Read More

The Record: Oil on the Hudson

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NorthJersey.com: THE SAD, environment-altering saga of the Exxon Valdez was written off the Alaskan coast 25 years ago. The tanker struck a reef in Prince William Sound and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the water, creating an environmental nightmare that took years to clean up. Who knows for sure whether another Exxon Valdez could happen on the Hudson … Read More

Crude on the Hudson: NYS must act now to prevent a disaster

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NRDC: The future health of the Hudson River depends heavily on decisions that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation must make soon. That may sound like the-sky-is-falling overstatement, but it’s not. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo seems pretty worried, too. On January 28, Cuomo recognized the seriousness of at least part of this issue with an executive order calling for … Read More

Riverkeeper: Crude Oil Transport

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Riverkeeper: With very little public awareness and no study of environmental impacts, the oil industry has made the Hudson Valley into one arm of a dangerous “virtual pipeline” for crude oil that snakes thousands of miles by rail, barge and ship from oil fields in North Dakota, Canada and elsewhere, to refineries on both coasts. The New York State segment … Read More