A man accused of killing two friends when he crashed a boat into a barge on New York’s Hudson River while drunk has asked a federal court to exonerate him or limit his financial responsibility for their deaths.
The blending of ethanol into the nation's gasoline supply was the topic of a hearing held Wednesday by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to discuss the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard program.
In separate operations, Coast Guard crews recently interdicted boats attempting to smuggle 5,000 pounds of marijuana and $18 million in cocaine.
After the tanker Rena hit the Astrolabe Reef off New Zealand on Oct. 5, 2011, hundreds of oil spill responders and 8,000 volunteers removed around 1,000 tons of oily waste from the coastline, recovered more than 4,500 tons of containers and debris and rescued hundreds of oiled birds.
Ships, barges, ferries, and recreational boats in the busy New York Harbor will be able to navigate more safely thanks to an updated version of the harbor’s nautical chart recently issued by NOAA that includes data gathered in the navigational response to the damage caused by Sandy in October 2012.
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