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That oil sinks if spilled, and is essentially unrecoverable.“We appreciate that the Coast Guard has brought this request by industry to the public for comment.
In my patrols, spanning over 15 years, we very rarely see even a half-dozen commercial vessels anchored between the George Washington Bridge and Albany.
This request by industry is only part of an emerging trend which threatens to dramatically increase industrial activity in the Hudson Valley.
Essentially, the Coast Guard is taking the temperature of the communities along the Hudson while also asking the barge and boat industries for clarifications to their initial proposal, which would open up over 2,400 acres to new anchorages.
There are currently just two official anchorage grounds, at Yonkers and Hyde Park.
When the Coast Guard receives such requests, they’re required to respond, substantively.
In order to more fully inform its internal review, the Coast Guard is accepting comments from the public through December 6, 2016.
The photo at right shows how little oil was recovered after a Mississippi River oil spill.