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America's oil exports are booming — and lifting prices

America’s oil exports are booming — and lifting prices

CNN Money: The resurgence of the oil industry can be traced back to what happened in Congress one day in December 2015.

That's when lawmakers ended the 40-year ban on U.S. oil exports. Crude pumped in Texas, Oklahoma and North ...

Dispute Over Oil Barge Anchorage on Hudson Heads Toward a Resolution

Dispute Over Oil Barge Anchorage on Hudson Heads Toward a Resolution

The Hudson Independent: Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, along with other organizations, municipalities and thousands of residents along its shores, are of single mind when it comes to the Hudson River. They do not want to ...
Hudson River Tales: PAWSA Pauses Parking Project

Hudson River Tales: PAWSA Pauses Parking Project

MarineLink: In June 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) opened a public comment period regarding new anchorage zones in the Hudson River; usually a rather low-key set of issues. This proved different. Opponents jumped on the proposal – initially suggested ...
Op-Ed opposes legislation restricting oil barges on the Hudson

Op-Ed opposes legislation restricting oil barges on the Hudson

Bonner R. Cohen, Ph.D., a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, has an editorial on the website of the Heartland Institute expressing opposition to recent "legislation that could limit or even bar oil tankers traversing the Hudson ...
Environmentalists urge DEC to establish strong regulations for "Tanker Avoidance Zones" to protect Hudson from oil barges

Environmentalists urge DEC to establish strong regulations for “Tanker Avoidance Zones” to protect Hudson from oil barges

Thirty-five local groups have signed on to a letter to Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, urging him to establish strong regulations for "Tanker Avoidance Zones" to protect the Hudson River from oil barges. The ...
Editorial: Public vigilance key to ensuring Hudson River safety

Editorial: Public vigilance key to ensuring Hudson River safety

Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial: When defenders of the Hudson River first heard the U.S. Coast Guard was considering designating as many as 10 commercial shipping anchorages on the river, they were rightly appalled and aghast – but they also were taken ...

Officials and local stakeholders praise PAWSA process

Officials and local stakeholders praise PAWSA process

Hudson Valley News Network: On Monday, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Representative Eliot Engel (NY-16) and local stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment to stopping any Coast Guard proposals that include long-term anchorage sites for the Hudson River. This followed a series ...
Reps Laud Coast Guard Study, Reiterate Opposition To Long-Term Anchorages

Reps Laud Coast Guard Study, Reiterate Opposition To Long-Term Anchorages

WAMC: Two Democratic New York Congressmen and local stakeholders stood at the Yonkers waterfront Monday afternoon to talk about potential anchorage proposals for the Hudson River. Though they praised a U.S. Coast Guard study, the lawmakers and environmentalists also made ...
Activists voice concerns about possible Coast Guard barges on Hudson

Activists voice concerns about possible Coast Guard barges on Hudson

westchester.news12: Activists gathered with federal and local politicians at the Yonkers waterfront Monday amid growing concerns that the Coast Guard could come up with a new plan to install additional anchorage sites on the Hudson River. The Coast Guard had ...
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Coast Guard Postings Regarding Suspension of the Rulemaking Process on the Anchorage Proposal and Initiation of the Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment process

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

On September 8, 2017, the Coast Guard issued a press release announcing the details of the Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment on Hudson River.

  • On November 7-8, a workshop will be held in the Mid-Hudson region.
  • On November 15-16, a workshop will be held in Albany, New York.
  • Coast Guard experts will host two informational PAWSA webinars on Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Information about the Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) Workshops can be found here:

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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HudsonRiverAnchorages.org serves as a clearinghouse of articles, reports, and information related to the proposal to create new anchorages on the Hudson River  The site is a project of Steve Hutkins, a Rhinecliff resident who teaches at NYU. 

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