Hudson River oil spill would be difficult to clean up

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Daily Freeman: The Hudson River may still become a major corridor for the shipment of thick, tar sands oil from Canada despite moves last year by New York officials that many thought stopped those efforts. At issue is a key air permit needed by an oil terminal in Albany to transfer heavy crude from railcars to barges that would travel … Read More

Decision on Albany port crude oil heating plan pushed back

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Albany Times Union: It looks like the state Department of Environmental Conservation can put off a decision on a long-delayed crude oil plan at the Port of Albany for bit longer. Facing a court-ordered June 13 deadline to rule on a plan by Massachusetts-based Global Companies to heat crude oil for shipment, DEC obtained a stay in the Appellate Division … Read More

Albany rally targets proposal to bring Canadian tar sands oil over rail lines

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Kingston Daily Freeman: Oil train opponents rallied Tuesday, calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation to reject a proposal to bring Canadian tar sands oil over rail lines that run through upstate towns and cities and along the Hudson River. “It would be almost impossible to clean up if it leaked into the Hudson,” said Mark Schaeffer, with 350.org and … Read More

Broad coalition challenges Clean Air violations at Albany crude-by-rail terminal

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Earthjustice: A broad coalition consisting of the County of Albany, a tenants association, and several environmental groups filed a lawsuit today in federal court charging that a major crude-by-rail conglomerate is operating in violation of the Clean Air Act. The Global facility is located in Albany’s South End, which is home to residences, schools, churches, businesses, and social service agencies. The lawsuit … Read More