Trench, Weld and Bury
Proposing an Oil Pipeline in the Hudson Valley
Story by Michael Durante Jr.
Illustrated by Tatyana Starikova
Perhaps no local legend is as well commemorated as Henry Hudson. His name graces streets, towns and businesses throughout our region. Rightly so, because society tends to remember the people and events that make widely felt changes in public life. That’s what we call progress.
Hudson explored his namesake river for the Dutch East India Company at the wake of the 17th century while searching for a northwest passage to Asia. That’s where the school lesson usually ends. But consider Captain Hudson’s later tragedy: on a 1611 voyage through what became the Hudson Bay in Canada, Hudson’s crew mutinied and abandoned him to die, apparently not so keen to risk their lives for the sake of his purported progress.
In life, there are few Henry Hudsons. But when the need or desire arises, people can always play the role of Hudson’s crew. The masses, when they can agree, are in charge.