Congresswoman Lowey calls for public hearings on plan to place oil barges in the Hudson


Peekskill Post: In a letter to the United States Coast Guard, Congresswoman Nita Lowey requested that the agency continue to allow for the scheduling of public hearings on the proposal to station commercial barges containing, among other things, oil, in the waters of the Hudson River within eyesight of Peekskill.

“At least two local municipalities within my congressional district—the Towns of Cortlandt and Haverstraw—have passed resolutions opposing the proposed anchorage sites and requesting public hearings,” Lowey wrote in the letter. “I urge you to grant the Town of Cortlandt’s request and hold public hearings in the Hudson Valley region to give opponents the opportunity to present their arguments in person before you make any decision on the request for expanded anchorage sites.”

Coast Guard spokeswoman Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy told WAMC last week that public meetings are already being planned for the spring of 2017 per the proposal process, along with an environmental study.  Read more. Lowey’s letter is here.  (Photo credit)

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