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Hudson Valley News
2:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Conservation Group Praises USCG, EPA Oil-Spill Response Plan Effort

Two agencies are now involved in updating oil-spill response plans for the Hudson River — and examining potential effects on endangered species. One conservation group is taking credit for the action after threatening a lawsuit if such plans were not put in place. One of the agencies says possible litigation had nothing to do with it.

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Hudson Valley News
10:06 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Pipeline Opponents To Demonstrate In New Paltz

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Opponents of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline will gather for a demonstration in Ulster County Tuesday afternoon.

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New York News
2:37 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

New York Lawmakers Share Thoughts On Keystone XL, Oil Transport

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A bill that would support the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline passed in the U.S. House of Representatives this week failed to clear the Senate by one vote.

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline was passed just last week for the ninth time by the Republican-led House of Representatives. This week, before the Democrat-controlled lame duck Senate, the measure failed by a single vote, 59-41. 

The pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada south through the United States to be refined and shipped overseas from the Gulf Coast.

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New York News
12:32 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Oil Trains, Sick People: Advocates Write DEC

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Even after recent tests came back negative, a coalition of environmental groups says oil trains are making people in Albany sick — and they're asking state regulators to investigate.

In the spring, government officials and residents of Albany's South End neighborhoods expressed concern about potential impacts related to crude oil transport and facilities in the area.

People living near the Port of Albany and the rail lines carrying the oil trains say they experienced health problems they believe to be associated with oil and diesel emissions.

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New York News
12:16 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Oil Trains Under Political Microscope

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There have been several developments this week impacting oil trains, the subject of national and local debate.

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday issued new proposed rules on tankers transporting oil including quickly phasing out the use of old DOT-111 rail cars for moving crude oil and other hazardous liquids. The rules would include new operational requirements to lower operating speeds and enhance braking capabilities for high-hazard flammable trains. 

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Capital Region News
6:59 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Albany Oil Spill Rattles Officials

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A relatively minor oil spill at the Port of Albany has apparently set the scene for a summer of scrutiny, with county officials putting crude-by-rail transporter Global Partners LLC under the microscope.

Albany's river port has emerged as a major hub for rail and barge shipments of crude oil. A series of incidents involving rail cars moving crude oil internationally has prompted concerns about spills and fires from some residents and environmental groups.  A weekend spill underscores those concerns.

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Crude By Rail: Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness

The long lines of DOT 111 oil tankers parked outside of the Ezra Prentice complex in Albany are a constant reminder to some residents they are living in the shadow of potential disaster. Critics of crude oil transportation by rail are in pro-active mode when it comes to disaster preparedness.

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New York News
8:50 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Canadian Pacific Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails Near Albany

The New York state Department of Transportation says it will fine Canadian Pacific for waiting five hours to report the derailment of four tank cars carrying crude oil.

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New York News
4:26 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Groups Call Growing Oil Shipments In New York Cuomo's "Keystone" Moment

Protestors chanted at the capitol in Albany Tuesday.
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National environmental groups are trying to focus the spotlight on Governor Andrew Cuomo over the issue of the growing international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the state capitol, at the Port of Albany.  

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Capital Region News
4:18 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Albany County To Seek Consultant To Assist In Reviewing Health Impacts Of Crude Oil Processing

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has announced that the county will issue a Request For Proposals for a consultant to complement the health and safety study by the Albany County Department of Health on the impact of crude oil and the heating of crude oil at the Port of Albany.

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