2014 IN FOOD, COMMUNITY + EDUCATION
Season Four: Year in Review
John Waters popped our fundraiser cherry! October 18th, 2014, marked our first, major annual fundraiser event. Inspired and lead by our daring guest of honor John Waters, who offered gracious support of Basilica and the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York. Photo above of the simply stellar turnout with special guests Amanda Palmer, Jemima Kirke, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Jennifer Venditti, Jesse Peretz, Natasha Lyonne, Fred Armisen, and the man himself – you don’t want to miss next year! (more…)
CRUDE OIL ON THE HUDSON: VIRTUAL PIPELINE, REAL RISKS
Community Meeting and Presentations by Riverkeeper + Scenic Hudson + Hudson Sloop Club
WED JULY 9 | 6 – 8 PM | BASILICA’S NORTH HALL THEATER | FREE
Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson and Hudson Sloop Club will host an informative presentation on the increasing hazards of crude oil transportation on the Hudson River. Have your questions answered by the experts on the “virtual pipeline” that has been created in New York State to transport millions of gallons of crude oil per day by rail car and river vessel despite its threat to public health, safety, and the environment.
The proposed expansion of an oil terminal in the Port of Albany could open up the Hudson to transportation of thick, heavy crude oil–possibly tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada–that, if spilled, sinks rather than floats and is impossible to collect or skim off the surface of a waterway. According to Riverkeeper, it’s the latest in a series of permits that the Department of Environmental Conservation has considered and in several cases, granted without first studying the environmental impacts or risk to
This team of Environmental Organizations urge the public to inform themselves on how to help protect the Hudson River and communities along the rail line by attending this informative lecture and presentation to learn more. Participants can also take action by urging the Department of Environmental Conservation to fully study the risks of the “virtual pipeline” by performing a comprehensive environmental impact review of all relevant pending and previously granted permits that allow crude oil transport in New York.