Controversy brewing over barges anchoring along the Hudson River
By: Lisa LaRoccaOct 26, 2023, 10:12am Updated on: Oct 26, 2023
Concern among environmentalists and lawmakers is mounting over where barges may now be able to anchor.
According to some lawmakers, the U.S. Coast Guard has redefined the boundaries of the Port of New York. The change brings the boundary up to the Mario Cuomo Bridge.
The change has caused concern because some worry that it means the large commerical vessels that are used to transport a variety of cargo including hazardous materials will now be able to anchor anywhere north of the bridge.
Critics say that increases the risk of spills of petroleum and other hazaroudous cargo that could pose a threat to the river's ecosystem.
Rep. Pat Ryan is calling for strict limits on where and how long large commercial vessels are allowed to anchor in the Hudson River.