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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Forum On Oil Trains Draw Standing Room Only Crowd

Oil train traveling through Plattsburgh. Photo taken from City Hall steps.
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

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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Capital Region News
6:50 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Tonko Tours Port Of Albany

Congressman Paul Tonko at the Port of Albany, August 2014
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

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Capital Region News
6:15 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

DEC: Albany Air Gets Passing Grade

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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New York News
1:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Oil Train Protests Recall Quebec Disaster

Pat Bradley

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.

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New York News
7:09 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Clean-Up Crews Respond To An Oil Spill At The Port Of Albany

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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Capital Region News
11:55 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Albany County Executive On Leadership Role

Credit 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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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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WAMC News
6:30 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Coalition Formed To Oppose Pipeline Plan

Pilgrim Pipeline 3D Map
Credit Pilgrim Holdings, LLC

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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Capital Region News
12:29 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Albany Firefighters Drill For Oil Train Disaster

James Cable, Chief of the Special Operations Branch of the state's division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services office of fire prevention and control.
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

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.

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Capital Region News
7:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

DEC Will Monitor Air Quality In Albany's South End

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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