Save The River was formed in 1978 to fight proposals for year-round navigation on the St. Lawrence River. Although the proposals were halted, Save The River is very concerned about early opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in ice conditions. Risks of shipping in ice conditions include:
- Icebreaking and winter shipping cause significant damage to property and important wildlife habitat;
- Spill response assets, such as boats and boom, are not accessible and usable due to ice conditions; and
- Lighted navigation aids are not in place, raising concerns about the safe passage of ships.
Read Save The River's position paper detailing criteria for safe opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
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
Thousand Islands shipping halted after sugar freighter runs aground
Published by the Watertown Daily Time on April 21, 2015 “Shipping along the St. Lawrence Seaway has been halted after a freighter carrying sugar ran aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge early Monday. Lt. Brian T. Hillman, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard based in Buffalo, said the 621-foot-long freighter, named Juno, called for […] read more
Cost of an Oil Spill Too High
The risk of an oil spill on the St. Lawrence River is an emerging threat as companies seek ways to transport the hug buildup of Bakken and tar sands oil. One oil tanker can carry the equivalent product of 225 rail cars or 870 trucks. If a ship carrying oil on the River was involved in an incident, a spill might not be the worse that could happen. In any case the end results would be devastating and the damage unimaginable. read more
Can Alberta Sands oil be safely shipped on the St. Lawrence?
Only a few shipments of crude oil from Alberta Sands in Canada and the Bakken in North Dakota have come through the seaway, but environmentalists and state official are concerned more will come. read more
Panel to Discuss Oil Transport at Winter Environmental Conference
Oil shipments on the St. Lawrence River are already an unpleasant reality. However, the dramatically increased extraction of heavy oil and bitumen from the Alberta tar sands has lead to increased pressure to transport these cargoes on and near the River. A panel of experts will examine the implications of moving these new, toxic cargoes on and near the St. Lawrence River read more
Announcement of Spring Icebreaking Operations Along the St. Lawrence River
The Canadian Coast Guard, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), is advising residents and visitors near the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway that annual spring icebreaking operations will begin on or around March 21, 2014. Please pay attention to the announced dates of icebreaking activities and be very mindful of conditions when on the ice. read more
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