Investigating Accidents & Pressing for Improved Spill Response
A spill from one of the many ships passing by each day on the St. Lawrence Seaway would have devastating impacts on the River environment and our local economy. Save The River has taken a strong lead, along with local elected officials, to ensure that the resources needed to respond are up-to-date and available along our River and that any shipping accidents are thoroughly investigated.
The Devastating 1976 NEPCO 140 Oil Spill
River communities are familiar with the devastation caused by shipping accidents and spills. Numerous groundings and several serious spills have occurred on the Seaway since its opening in 1959.
The largest spill happened on June 23, 1976, when the tug Eileen C, pushing the NEPCO 140 barge filled with crude oil, ran aground in the American Narrows off Wellesley Island in the heart Thousand Islands. The barge spill more than 300,000 gallons of crude oil, damaging the River ecosystem, wildlife, local communities and cost millions of dollars to clean up the spill. Today, the spill is still known as one of the largest inland oil spills in the country.
To learn more, read our fact sheet on the 1976 spill.
The Slick of '76 - A Musical Catastrophe
A musical about an oil spill? That's right! First performed in June 23, 1986 - ten years to the day of the 1976 spill - the musical was developed as a tribute to the River and as a gentle way to keep the memory of the 1976 spill alive. The musical was revived by Save The River in the summer of 2006 to mark the spill's 20th anniversary.
To learn more about the musical and its revival in 2006, read our fact sheet.
And, visit our merchandise page to purchase a CD of The Slick of '76 original cast recording.
Seriously?! NO Great Lakes Restoration funding, ZERO!
It is hard to comprehend, but . . . read more
Save The River Questions Oil on the River at Great Lakes Forum 2016
Crude oil has no place on the River or its tributaries. While at the Great Lakes Public Forum, Riverkeeper and Save The River's Executive Director had a chance to remind the panelists of the 1976 Nepco 140 spill of 300,000 gallons of crude oil on the St. Lawrence River - at the time the largest inland oil spill in North America and to ask about measures to deal with spills from pipelines, and rail, as well as ships. read more
Transporting oil via pipelines carries risks
Our community must stand together against all of the risks associated with crude oil transport through our watershed unless and until appropriate and adequate safety measures are in place. And we must certainly not save our own River at the expense of someone else's. read more
Oil Shipments, Winter Navigation, Seaway Expansion – Oh My!
Some bad old ideas never seem to die. But to couple it with a new really bad idea - oil shipments on the St. Lawrence River - is no joke. read more
Remembering the River: Iroquois Lock 1957
This was a test run of the lock, a key facility in the soon to be completed St. Lawrence Seaway system. It is a pivotal event ushering in devastating regulation of the once natural levels and flows on the St. Lawrence River. read more
Remembering the River means working to protect it for future generations
Recent efforts by the Seaway corporations to market the River as a highway for crude oil - both tar sands and Bakken ("bomb train") - require all of us concerned about the health of the River to focus on and fight the threat these cargoes pose to the River. read more
Waterkeepers to convene at UN Conference on Climate Change
Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper is one of the 121 Waterkeepers from over 20 countries that submitted specific calls to action to their government leaders. read more
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