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House passes bill to further stymie Hudson River anchorage effort, Maloney says

House passes bill to further stymie Hudson River anchorage effort, Maloney says

Kingston Daily Freeman: Federal legislation aimed at preventing large vessels from anchoring on the Hudson River between Kingston and Yonkers has been approved by the House, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said Friday. Maloney, D-Cold Spring, said language he wrote ...
Coast Guard announces Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment on Hudson River

Coast Guard announces Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment on Hudson River

USCG Press Release: The U.S. Coast Guard has announced it will conduct a Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment of the Hudson River. In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard promulgated an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to seek comprehensive ...
Food & Water Watch asks supporters to contact Cuomo to sign the legislation

Food & Water Watch asks supporters to contact Cuomo to sign the legislation

Dear Supporter, We did it! The Coast Guard suspended its proposal to add more anchorage sites for fracked-oil barges on the Hudson River!  That's great news, but we're not done yet. Because the proposal could come back in the future, we need ...
Hudson River activists plan 10-day voyage down the river

Hudson River activists plan 10-day voyage down the river

Times Union: SeaChange is a social movement whose efforts to stop climate change unfold atop and along the Hudson River. This weekend SeaChangers will be in Troy and Albany. A crew of artists, musicians and Mohawk tribe members will launch ...
Backlash reroutes Hudson anchorage proposal

Backlash reroutes Hudson anchorage proposal

Rye City Review: After an outpouring of negative commentary and bipartisan backlash from elected officials, a proposal from the U.S. Coast Guard to add dozens of anchorages across the Hudson River has been suspended, but may not be fully dead ...
NY Congressman: Four Principles Must Guide USCG Safety Assessment

NY Congressman: Four Principles Must Guide USCG Safety Assessment

WAMC: Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Monday announced next steps regarding the suspended U.S. Coast Guard proposal for anchorage sites along the Hudson River. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports from the Newburgh waterfront. The Coast Guard ...
Locals want say in Hudson River risk assessment

Locals want say in Hudson River risk assessment

Recordonline.com: Opponents of a controversial proposal to create 43 sites between Kingston and Yonkers where barges and tugboats plying the Hudson River could anchor celebrated when the U.S. Coast Guard announced last month a suspension of the plan while it ...

Maloney Announces Next Steps on Suspended Coast Guard Anchorage Proposal

Maloney Announces Next Steps on Suspended Coast Guard Anchorage Proposal

Hudson Valley News Network: On the waterfront in the City of Newburgh, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and local stakeholders announced the next steps regarding the U.S. Coast Guard anchorage proposal, which was suspended on June 28, 2017. Instead, the ...
U.S. Rep. John J. Faso: Hudson River future looks brighter with no barge anchorages planned

U.S. Rep. John J. Faso: Hudson River future looks brighter with no barge anchorages planned

Poughkeepsie Journal: In response to your June 27 editorial ("N.Y. moves to protect Hudson – but where are the feds?"), there is good news to report for readers of this newspaper and other river-community residents concerned about the future of the Hudson ...
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Coast Guard Postings Regarding Suspension of the Rulemaking Process on the Anchorage Proposal

On June 29, 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard posted three documents on Regulations.gov regarding its decision about the anchorage proposal.

Legislation restricting the anchorage

Hudson Valley elected officials have been working on legislation that addresses the threat posed by the Coast Guard’s proposal to establish ten new anchorage grounds on the Hudson River.   Several environmental groups have issued memoranda of support for this legislation, and some local governments have also passed resolutions supporting the bills.  Here are some links:

What it’s all about

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering a proposal to establish ten new anchorage grounds on the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston, New York.

The proposal comes at the request of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey, which represents various interests in the shipping and petroleum industries. The Association says that more anchorage grounds will improve navigation safety along portions of the Hudson River where there are currently few or no anchorages.

In its letter to the Coast Guard, the Association points out that barge traffic “has increased dramatically” over the past few years — due largely to the influx of fracking oil arriving by rail at the Port of Albany — and this traffic will increase “significantly over the next few years” due to the recent lifting of the ban on exporting crude oil.

Opponents of the proposal argue that the anchorages, which provide 42 long-term mooring berths (and one short-term), will turn into parking lots for barges, facilitate more commercial traffic, and “reindustrialize” the Hudson.

The barges pollute the river with their noisy generators and “stadium” lighting, and their anchors drag on the river bottom, which damages the habitats of endangered fish species.  An increase in commercial traffic also puts recreational boaters in danger.  Most worrisome of all is that more oil barges on the Hudson will increase the risks of a catastrophic spill.

The Coast Guard is seeking public comments and information about the operational need for new anchorage grounds, what form possible regulations should take, and the potential impacts on riverside communities. Everyone is encouraged to file comments with the Coast Guard, which has extended the deadline from Sept. 7 to Dec. 6, 2016.

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