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Calling it a hub of job creation and economic activity critical to the regional economy, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited the Port of Albany today. The New York Democrat announced a major push to secure a federal grant for the port he says will help upstate manufacturers export their products across the nation and globe via the Hudson River.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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Thirty-eight organizations in New York and New Jersey are asking the governors to join them in opposing a proposed pipeline that would carry crude oil from the Port of Albany to refineries in New Jersey.

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After oil train explosions made headlines on several occasions, residents in communities along the Hudson River became aware of the grave dangers in the day-to-day transporting of crude oil by rail.  Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a crude oil training drill Wednesday.

Government officials and residents of Albany's South End neighborhoods have expressed concern about potential impacts related to crude oil transport and facilities in the area.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is rolling out an air sampling plan to screen for specific pollutants in the community.

Aside from worries over spills or derailments that could result in untold ecological harm and potential civil disaster, strange odors occasionally waft through downtown Albany neighborhoods, a constant reminder that oil trains are parked nearby.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has written to President Obama requesting immediate action to enhance rail safety as the state experiences a boom in rail transport of explosive Bakken crude oil.

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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Mar 28, 2014

New York state and federal inspectors have completed a second round of safety checks on train tracks and oil tanker cars in an effort to prevent disastrous derailments and spills of volatile crude from North Dakota's Bakken region.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and trains transporting oil through the Port of Albany.

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With Albany County worried about crude oil shipments, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials are looking to the EPA for oil spill contingency plans and demanding answers from the major oil shipper at the crux of the controversy.

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Albany County has responded to mounting concerns voiced by city of Albany residents over oil trains and oil expansion at the Port of Albany.

"It's gratifying that the county of Albany has stepped into the void and is taking action."  Earthjustice staff attorney Chris D'Amato echoes the sentiments of a variety of green groups that have come forward lauding Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's decision to take a stand against plans to build oil heating facilities at the port that would likely increase the number of oil trains rolling through riverside neighborhoods.

Government officials have responded to citizen concerns over so-called “oil trains” and plans to build an oil-heating facility at the Port of Albany.

Following a directive from Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, the county Wednesday issued a moratorium on the expansion of the processing of crude oil at the Port of Albany pending a public health investigation by the Albany County Health Department.   

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Citizens living along the Hudson River in downtown Albany are in a heightened state of awareness and worry over those so-called "oil trains" that routinely roll through their backyards.

On Friday, federal and state authorities participated in a series of inspections at the Port of Albany and its adjacent rail yard, as well as inspections in Albany and Buffalo along rail tracks and in rail cars. Inspectors found oil tank cars with wheel defects and brake shoe defects.

Three Albany Common Council Members continue their efforts to ensure local residents have their say as plans move forward to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany.

Rail Oil Shipping Raises Safety Concerns In Albany

Feb 17, 2014

Environmental groups and residents are trying to stop a project that they believe will make Albany a key hub in the transport of heavy crude oil from western Canada's tar sands to refineries on the East Coast.

Over the past two years, the Port of Albany has become a major shipping point for highly explosive crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken Shale region. Hundreds of tanker cars arrive daily from the north and west on Canadian Pacific and CSX rail lines.

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Concerned South End neighborhood residents spoke out Wednesday night in Albany about health and safety concerns surrounding Global Companies’ proposal to build seven oil heating facilities at the Port of Albany and increase the amount of oil being shipped through the port.  

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Albany residents alarmed about a plan to build a crude oil heating facility at the port of Albany have rallied their forces after meeting to discuss neighborhood safety issues -  they are meeting again --- tonight --- Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at Giffen Elementary School-274 South Pearl Street.  

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to strengthen the state's oversight of petroleum shipments by rail, citing devastating accidents in Quebec and North Dakota and the expansion of crude oil shipping through the Port of Albany.

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Albany residents, politicians and community advocates recently voiced their concerns about plans to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. The State Department of Environmental Conservation appears to have been listening.