Capital Region News
12:27 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Port Plans Worry Downtown Residents

Inset: Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs
Inset: Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs
Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Some Albany residents have voiced their concerns about plans to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany.

A Massachusetts company is planning to build a 2,600-square-foot heating facility at the port's rail yard to heat crude as it is pumped from tanker cars into storage tanks.

First Ward Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs says the local community  worries that the new building may mean increased air pollution adding to dangers already posed by the tankers.

Residents of the Ezra Prentice Homes and nearby neighbors say they worry about tank cars carrying heavy crude oil that currently pass within a few feet of the rear of some residences, as well as right by the area playground.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments thru January 31st.

Back in July, longtime rail safety advocate U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in downtown Albany  to express his concern for New Yorkers who live and work in communities along rail freight lines.