For many years, the Hudson River, like so many waterways across the United States, was treated like an infinite waste barrel, a receptacle for poisonous chemicals, hazardous waste and trash of all descriptions. During the past forty years, thanks to a committed group of environmentalists and their agencies, the river has become markedly cleaner, a far more welcoming place for small business and community investment. While the river is still an under-utilized natural resource, increasingly it is used by boaters, kayakers, even swimmers as a recreational playground.
Despite all of the improvements the river and valley have witnessed thanks to the coordination of some of the savviest environmentalists, there are still grave environmental risks and concerns. The expanding web series, The Hudson, A River At Risk, by Oceans 8 Films, reports on some of the serious and growing threats to the river including bomb trains and barges loaded with highly flammable and toxic crude oil, the continued pollution of PCBs dumped in the river by General Electric, the increasing risk of pipelines carrying oil and natural gas, and a leaky nuclear power plant at Indian Point that continues to operate.
Issues that threaten the lifeblood of New York's economy:
Bomb Trains on the Hudson
The boom in transportation of crude oil is turning the Hudson Valley into an energy corridor. Each train carries three million gallons of highly flammable and toxic fuel.
The Long Shadow of Indian Point
The Indian Point Energy Center sits just 35 miles from Times Square and has a long history of leaks, spills and fires. Many, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, would like to see the plant shut down permanently.
A Bridge Over Troubled Waters
The construction of a pair of new bridges to replace the Tappan Zee is the largest building project in North America. Inevitably it has environmental impacts.
PCB’s: A Toxic Legacy
PCBs dumped into the Hudson by General Electric goes back to the 1940s, resulting in a poisoned river and a monumental, government-enforced clean-up. Now G.E. has pulled out before the job is finished.
A Pipeline Runs Through It
Two different pipelines, two different stories. One carries natural gas, the other crude oil. One goes under the Hudson and skirts Indian Point, the other hopes to parallel the NYS Thruway’s ‘right-of-way,’ essentially butting it up against residents backyards.
The Hudson has long served as a marine highway, connecting Albany to NYC. Crude oil has begun making its way along the channel by barge. A new proposal to increase the number of anchorages in the Hudson suggests that more barges will follow suit.
Featuring Experts and Advocates:
Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson
John Gallay, President of Riverkeeper
Aaron Mair, President of Sierra Club
John Lipscomb, Hudson Riverkeeper Patrol Captain
Jeremy Chersen, Riverkeeper
Roger Downs, Sierra Club
David Carpenter, Director of Health & Environment, University at Albany
Gidon Eshel, Bard College
Kate Hudson, Riverkeeper
Phil Musegaas, Riverkeeper
Daniel Raichel, NRDC
Hayley Carlock, Scenic Hudson
Althea Mullarkey, Scenic Hudson
Jennifer Metzger, Citizens for Local Power
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About the Filmmakers:
Oceans 8 Films focuses on documentaries about threats to the planet’s interconnected environment — especially its one ocean — with an emphasis on the people who live along its edges and those who work to protect it.
Jon Bowermaster, Director & Executive Producer
Chris Rahm, Editor & Cinematographer
Devin Pickering, Editor & Cinematographer
Learn more about how you can play a part in helping to protect the Hudson River and Hudson Valley. http://www.hudsonriveratrisk.com/getinvolved/
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