Coast Guard scuttles Hudson River anchorage proposal
KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — A proposal to allow up to 43 crude oil barges to anchor in the Hudson River south of Albany has been scuttled after the U.S. Coast Guard issued a 77-page report on the issue.
The plan drew intense opposition from environmental groups and Hudson Valley communities. Opponents cited the danger a crude oil spill would pose for the environment. Shipping industry groups said more anchorages are needed for safety and logistical reasons.
In its report released Tuesday, the Coast Guard says it has suspended the anchorage proposal. It recommends creation of a Hudson River Safety Committee.
Scenic Hudson, which opposed the anchorage plan, said the report leaves the door open for a similar proposal in the future.