Coast Guard Called in When Buffalo Protestors Block Tugs

A U.S. Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat-Small and crew from Station Buffalo escort the tug Ohio, pushing a barge carrying windmill parts, on the Buffalo River Nov. 12, 2010, after being called to help when six protest boats reportedly blocked the passage of the Ohio and another tug en route to help get the barge underway. The protesters were supporting Iron Workers Local Union 6 by blocking the passage of the tugs, which is against federal law, because they were being operated by out-of-state workers. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)BUFFALO, N.Y. – Coast Guard Station Buffalo and the Erie County Sheriffs Office were called upon Friday after six boats supporting the Iron Workers Local Union 6 blocked the passage of two tugboats.

The tugboats Washington and Ohio were pushing a barge carrying windmill parts to a mooring on the Buffalo River.

The protesters were protesting the fact that the tugs were being operated by out-of-state workers.

Blocking the passage of the tugs is a violation of Federal law but there no reports of any arrests being made.

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