Demand that New York Protect Citizens from Oil Spills

  • By: SUE LEE
  • Target: New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Please sign and share this petition worldwide to demand that New York do what it must to protect its citizens from oil spills.

Just recently, increased shipments of crude oil have been approved to travel down the Hudson River each year, spurring a concern by the New York Department of Environmental conservation regarding oil spills.  However, they were the ones who approved the request to double the amount of crude oil and ethanol being shipped annually. Such an announcement and decision stirred no public comments regarding the annual shipment of a billion gallons of crude and 780 million gallons of ethanol each year on the Hudson River.

Citizens and residents in the Albany area are concerned about the increase in crude oil along the river due to past history where a tanker in Lac-Megantic, Quebec was derailed, killing 40 and causing major oil spill.  The New York Department of Environment is fearful of such oil spills or if the agency is ready to handle such a disaster or any major spill event.  

Other concerns are in part, spurred by an incident last winter when an oil tanker carrying 12 million gallons of crude oil down the Hudson ran aground and ruptured its hull, causing two holes. At that time, no oil spilled, but the incident was a close call. Various response agencies say they are in position to improve their actions, communications and familiarity in preparation should a real incident occur.  The New York Department of Environmental conservation has been working to get a plan enforced but has not publicized their efforts to the public.   

We need to encourage the New York Department of Environmental conservation to help protect the public, citizens and all wildlife within the waters of the rivers from any possible oil spills.  If they have a plan in mind to protect and swiftly cleanup oil spills, pressure them in making this information public for the benefit of all concerned.  Please sign and share this petition worldwide to demand that New York do what it must to protect its citizens from oil spills.

New York Department of Environmental Conservation – Since you have approved the increased shipments of crude oil and ethanol, it is important that you establish a plan to ward off oil spills and be prepared with a quick and efficient cleanup routine.  Word is out that you are working on a plan but have kept it a big secret.  You need to work in the best interest of the citizens (and affected wildlife) and make your plans public for all to know and rest assured in a safe and effective plan.  Protect the citizens along the Hudson river and the wildlife within from oil spills and its destruction.

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