New Report Evaluates Buzzards Bay Risk Assessment


Over the past several decades, eight maritime incidents in Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal regions of Massachusetts have resulted in significant oil spills and environmental damage.  In 2004, Massachusetts passed a state law requiring a tugboat escort for barges transporting 6,000 barrels of oil or more in the region and, for single-hull tankers, an additional licensed deck pilot to serve as a lookout during transport.  However, major parts of the law were challenged in court by the federal government.  Technical Peer Review of the Buzzards Bay Risk Assessment, a new letter report from the National Research Council, critiques a risk assessment that was performed to help resolve differences between the Coast Guard and the state about potential safety measures.



Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at 10 a.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 25.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.  Reporters who wish to obtain an embargoed copy can contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail