The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is asking Global Partners LP about the types of oil it plans to ship, its liability insurance and its ability to respond to accidents and fires. The company is proposing to expand operations with a heating facility that could move heavy tar sands oil through the Port of Albany. Read the full bulletin from Riverkeeper:
Big news today: The New York DEC is finally asking the right questions – and demanding answers from industry – about the spike in crude oil transport along the Hudson River. This would not have happened without you.
Thousands of you have spoken up about the risks that this “virtual pipeline” of trains, ships and barges has brought to our communities and our environment. The virtual pipeline was created without any meaningful review or community discussion, despite the very real risks of disastrous spills on the river and explosions along rail lines that travel through cities and towns throughout New York State. Finally, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation is insisting that Global Partners LP answer detailed questions about the types of oil it plans to ship, its liability insurance and its ability to respond to accidents and fires. The company is proposing to expand operations with a heating facility that could move heavy tar sands oil through the Port of Albany.
“For the first time, DEC is sending a clear signal that tar sands crude shipments are not a foregone conclusion in New York,” said Riverkeeper’s president and Hudson Riverkeeper, Paul Gallay. “We’re glad the state took the time to listen to the public, Riverkeeper and our fellow environmental groups and acknowledge the concerns we’ve been raising over the past three months regarding the threat of crude oil transport to New York’s communities and irreplaceable waterways.”
Activists, elected leaders, environmental advocates and YOU can be proud of this important step. If you haven’t sent a message directly to the DEC, TAKE ACTION TODAY. Share this message with others who care about our safety and our environment.
Clearly, your voices make a difference.
Feature photo courtesy Michael Neil O’Donnell Photography. A petro barge heads south from Ulster Landing toward the Kingston-Rhinebeck bridge.