Environmental groups sound alarm after barge carrying 60,000 barrels of gasoline runs aground on Hudson River near Catskill

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Kingston Daily Freeman: A barge carrying about 2.5 million gallons of gasoline didn’t spill any of its cargo when it ran aground early Tuesday near the west shore of the Hudson River in Greene County, but the incident quickly became fuel for environmental groups fighting a proposal that would allow large vessels carrying crude to anchor at 10 locations on the river.

A barge called the RTC 150 ran aground on the “shallow, sandy river bottom” near Catskill about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Sean Mahar.

Reinauer Transportation Co., the Staten Island firm that owns the barge, didn’t cite a cause for the accident but noted in a statement to the press that it happened “in foggy weather.”  Read more.

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