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Crude oil spill response capabilities will be enhanced across New York State with a series of actions announced today by state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.

Two people have been taken to the hospital as a precaution after a crude oil spill at the Port of Albany.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation says about 400 gallons of crude oil spilled Tuesday from a portable tank being used as a crew affiliated with Global Partners cleaned a large storage tanks.

Officials say the spill appears to have been caused by a broken valve.

The two workers were sprayed with oil during the spill. Officials believe they were not badly injured.

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Another community public information session to discuss Global Partners’ application to modify its existing air permit is being held tonight in Albany.

Sûreté du Québec

Crude-by-rail shipments have been increasing, and many communities along the Hudson River fear disaster. That has sparked meetings, discussions and government involvement.  Now,  the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has extended the public comment period for a fuel shipping company's plan to expand crude oil operations at the Port of Albany.

Albany has become a key hub for western crude oil destined for East Coast refineries.

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It was standing room only in Plattsburgh’s city hall auditorium last night as officials  presented information on oil trains traversing the region and the potential impact of accidents.

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One day after the latest crude oil spill at the Port of Albany, New York Congressman Paul Tonko of the 20th district toured the facilities this morning to learn more about products coming through the harbor.

The air in Albany's South End is safe to breathe. That's the word from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. That may be far from the last word, if residents have their say.

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Public outcry against the so-called "Bomb trains" reached a fever pitch over the holiday weekend - as communities across North America marked the one-year anniversary of the crude oil train disaster in Quebec.  In the heart of a Canadian town, 47 people were killed, thousands had to be evacuated and dozens of buildings were destroyed.  

Names of the victims were read during several of the memorial gatherings in communities bordering rail lines where residents fear the next derailment, explosion or fire could affect in their neighborhood.

Environmental clean-up crews have responded to an oil spill at the Port of Albany after 100 gallons of oil spilled out of a rail car.

Albany County

Dan McCoy, a Democrat, is Albany County's fourth county executive. He was born, raised and resides in Albany, where he has worked as a public servant his entire professional career. McCoy recently sat down with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to talk about his broader role as a community leader.  

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