Gas Barge Grounding in New York Shows Risk of Turning Hudson River into ‘Pipeline on Water’

https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/04/13/gas-barge-runs-aground-hudson-river-highlighting-potential-risks-greatly-increased-oil-barge-traffic

On April 4 a barge carrying 60,000 barrels of gasoline ran aground in the Hudson River and was stranded for hours while New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation tried to determine if the barge was leaking. Luckily the Hudson is a tidal river and when the tide rose, the ship was able to be freed. No gasoline had spilled this time. However, the nature of the accident highlights the risks of moving petroleum products in barges and tankers on the Hudson River — something that may become a lot more common in the near future. Basil Seggos, head of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, explained to the Albany Times Union what caused the accident but couldn’t explain why it happened. Click here for reuse options! Tags: Hudson RiverBakken oilCrude Oil Exports

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