New York State is put restrictions on tankers anchoring in the Hudson River.
On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to allow the state to establish guidelines for ‘tanker avoidance zones’.’
He said that the new law will protect the river’s ecosystem, as well as residents who live alongside the Hudson.
The legislation was introduced after the US Coast Guard proposed to allow petroleum tankers sailing between Albany and New York City to anchor at 10 locations.
This proposal prompted opposition from thousands of Hudson Valley residents who feared the plan would pose safety problems as well as threaten the environment and spoil scenic river views, the Associated Press said.
Tanker sector officials had requested new anchorage sites for vessels required to wait for weather improvement, icebreaking, or other voyage factors.