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Environmental group calls on DEC to tighten crude oil transport controls

POUGHKEEPSIE – Environmental group praises Albany County Executive’s decision prohibiting expanded processing of crude oil at the Port of Albany.

Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan said that will protect residents near the port, people living along the Hudson River to the south as well as the river itself.

“Once processed in Albany those crude oils are transported down the Hudson River by barge and tanker ship and all along the Hudson River by rail cars,” Sullivan said.  “Those rail cars have proven to be extremely dangerous.”

Most recently, a train with of empty tanker cars derailed near Kingston. There was no leakage.

Sullivan said the state DEC should conduct a complete review of permits by Global Companies in Albany and down the Hudson River to ensure no future problems in the transportation of crude oil.