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A 90-car oil train with Bakken crude oil derailed and caught fire in Aliceville, Ala., in November 2013. Photo: John Wathen, Hurricane Creekkeeper
In late 2014, in the wake of a series of catastrophic oil and ethanol train derailments across the nation, the federal government announced that it was reconsidering whether robust “oil spill response plans” should be developed by railroads transporting dangerous substances.

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Harmful Algae Bloom, Rondout Creek at the DEC fishing access site on Creek Locks Road in the Town of Ulster, Sept. 26, 2016 (Photo by Jen Epstein / Riverkeeper)
While we have been highlighting the Harmful Algal Bloom on the Wallkill River, we want people to aware that rafts of bright green duckweed that are visible on the Hudson River and elsewhere at this time of year may look similar, but are not harmful. […]

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In joint legislative hearings on water quality Sept. 7, Martin Brand, the Department of Environmental Conservation’s deputy commissioner for remediation, committed to updating and improving the deeply flawed Source Water Assessment for the City of Newburgh. Riverkeeper has called for this, and we view this […]

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Riverkeeper and a coalition of groups is urging a federal court to stop the construction of the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline before high volumes of fracked natural gas start flowing through the pipeline located in close proximity to the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.

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Fog on the Mohawk River earlier this morning. Beautiful. Almost all signs of human development scrubbed away. Low visibility.

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In a letter released today, 220 organizations, businesses and faith groups are calling on the lead agencies of the environmental review to make an “extraordinary effort” to gather public input about the risks associated with the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines, which would carry dangerous Bakken crude oil south from the Port of Albany and refined petroleum products in a parallel pipeline north from the Linden, New Jersey area.

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In a letter sent today to Commissioner Howard Zucker, Riverkeeper called for the Department of Health to offer blood testing to all people exposed to toxic chemicals in Newburgh’s drinking water. The letter reinforces the clear call from community members and elected leaders for blood […]

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Riverkeeper’s work on Newburgh’s drinking water crisis started about one year before anyone knew there was a crisis. Through a community water quality monitoring project with Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance, we had learned about some of the problems plaguing the watershed that naturally provides and […]

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On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed legislation entitled, “Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015” (the FAST Act). Among many provisions in the FAST Act, Congress included a number of new requirements for railroads and rail transport safety, especially for hazardous materials, crude oil, and petroleum products.

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently claimed that no frack waste is being dumped in New York. FACT CHECK: But since 2010, at least 23,000 barrels of liquid waste and 590,000 tons of solid waste from Pennsylvania’s fracking operations have been dumped in New York landfills.

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During our inbound patrol on Newtown Creek this morning we came upon many small plastic bags floating in a tight cluster between Empire Transit Mix and the mouth of Maspeth Creek. We spent about a half hour picking them up using the boat hook and […]

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One of our guests during our New York City patrols over the summer was The Weather Channel, reporting on the “ecological nightmare” known as the Gowanus Canal. Watch this Facebook Live video from July 1 to see Riverkeeper’s patrol boat captain, John Lipscomb, pointing out […]

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