Rising Oil prices lead to a second look at the Erie Canal
8/04/2005 07:11:00 PM | Author: baloghblog
AP/WSTM: As a pair of large turbines made by General Electric make their way across the Erie Canal, state officials are hoping to see more commercial shipping on New York's canal system. A 90-foot tug is pushing a 300-foot barge carrying the two G-E turbines, one of them built in Schenectady. The cargo left the Port of Albany yesterday and is scheduled to reach Oswego by tomorrow. From there, a Canadian tug will take the load to a nuclear plant in Ontario, Canada. Other turbines are scheduled to be moved through the canal system in September and October.

The state Canal Corporation wants to encourage more commercial traffic with loads such as sand and hay. The agency says with rising oil costs, companies may opt to transport large cargo loads via the waterway because of the fuel efficiency.

UPDATED to include a Erie Canal FAQ.
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On 9:27 PM , UNplanner said...

Gosh, I didn't even know the canal still existed... I thought it went out of business when the railroads came around.

SHip travel is the most efficient way to transport alot of goods

On 10:05 PM , baloghblog said...

yeah, NYCO is a big fan of the canal, and keeps us updated on it. I think that it will be one of upstates biggest assets in a post-petroleum era. I am glad that they have maintained all these years.

On 11:31 PM , NYCO said...

The Erie Canal system was almost shut down in the 1970s... it was going to be drained for good and closed. I believe 1978 was the turning point year where they decided to repurpose it for recreation. Funny how things come around. Although the Barge Canal was still fairly active for freight through the 1950s, so using it for shipping again is not turning the clock back all that far. If they managed to achieve the even the modest shipping activity they had in the 50s, it would be quite noteworthy.

When they dug that thing, they dug it deep. It is a permanent fixture, and will always play some sort of role in the state's economy (probably as a periodic crutch or safety valve, as we may be seeing it now - who knows).