Beacon Sloop Club Winter Lecture Series continues on Thursday, April 9th with Bomb Trains, Pipelines, and Tankers, Crude Oil Transport on the Hudson River with Riverkeeper’s Jeremy Cherson. Mr. Cherson will discuss the risks posed by crude oil transport in the Hudson Valley.
Until recently, there was little or no crude oil transported in the Hudson Valley. The growth of oil production in North Dakota and elsewhere has spurred industry to make the Hudson Valley into an international conduit for crude oil. Up to 5 billion gallons of crude oil is being transported through the Hudson Valley annually by train, barge and ship. All three transportation methods – what is being called by industry a “virtual pipeline” – could affect our communities and environmental resources. Spills, explosions and fires—some resulting in the catastrophic loss of life—have occurred elsewhere on this virtual pipeline. Further, proposed Hudson River oil facility expansions and the proposed development of a regional pipeline could increase the transport of crude oil locally by as much as 3.8 billion gallons annually.
Public reaction has prompted New York State to increase inspections, uncovering 93 defects this month. Learn what you can do to encourage further action to insure the safety of our citizens and our environment.
This free event will be held on Thursday, April 9th, 7:00 pm at the Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Flynn Dr., Beacon, NY (adjacent to the harbor). In the event on inclement weather check the website at www.beaconsloopclub.org . For further information call, (845) 463-4660 or, (914) 879-1082