The expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure along the Hudson River comes at a time where the scope of the global climate crisis is becoming more apparent, and renewable energy technologies have become cost competitive to government subsidized fossil fuels. An Oil spill anywhere along this “virtual pipeline” would mean disaster for the river, while what is burned means disaster for our climate.

  • 43 oil barge anchorages are being proposed in 10 different locations between Kingston and Yonkers
  • Currently 3,000,000,000 gallons of oil come down the Hudson annually from Port of Albany.
  • It is predicted that 25% of crude oil from the Bakkan fields will come through Albany and down the Hudson.
  • Each “bomb train” (containing 30,000 gallons of crude oil) runs directly along the river for more than 5 miles and through many population centers.
  • The Pilgrim Pipeline proposes to move 70,000,000 barrels each year from Albany through pipelines (which would arrive to Albany via rail).
  • The Aphrodite oil barge, already carries 9.6 million barrels of crude oil up and down the river each week.
  • 25 million gallons of oil are already moving down the Hudson River each week.
  • Increased traffic means an exponential increase in the risk of collisions or crashes.


“The problem we’re facing is that with the tremendous and increasing volume of crude oil being transported throughout the Hudson Valley, a spill is inevitable”.
-Kate Hudson, Riverkeeper