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Film Screening - The Hudson: A River at Risk

The Hudson River, like many waterways around the world, has long been treated like an infinite waste barrel, a dumping ground for toxic chemicals, hazardous waste and trash. But for the past fifty years an amazing collection of environmental groups – Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, Clearwater and many more – have worked to revive the Hudson and the beautiful Valley that surrounds it. These accomplishments remind us what a resilient resource the river is.

Join filmmaker and Club Member Jon Bowermaster for ‘The Hudson, A River At Risk,’ a report on a handful of serious and growing threats to the river. Jon will be joined by Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper, and Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson, for a Q&A following the film.

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 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.

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.

PCBs dumped into the Hudson by General Electric goes back to the 40s, resulting in a poisoned river and a monumental, government-enforced clean-up. Now G.E. has pulled out before the job is finished.

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 resident’s 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.

Date: Tuesday, February 28

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening, Q&A to follow

Location: Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

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