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Aruba, April 22, 2014 - A coalition of environmental and progressive groups is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to bolster its review of a company’s plan to expand its crude-oil facilities on the Hudson River. Massachusetts-based oil wholesaler Global Companies LLC has asked the state Department of Environmental Conservation to OK plans to heat crude-oil-bearing rail cars at the Port of Albany and expand a loading facility on the Hudson River in New Windsor, Orange County.
The heating facility would be equipped to handle tar-sands crude oil, a thick, volatile fuel that is easily ignitable and sinks when spilled into waterways. The Albany port serves as a key processing point for crude-oil shipments along the entire Hudson River.
In a letter Tuesday, the concerned groups asked Cuomo to push the DEC to complete a full-blown environmental impact statement on the crude-oil facilities, a lengthy process that would include a round of hearings, another public-comment session and an extensive report laying out permitting guidelines.
Among the 11 groups who signed on to the letter were Environmental Advocates of New York, Citizen Action, Scenic Hudson and the National Wildlife Federation.
“Governor Cuomo, the people of New York deserve better,” the letter reads. “We hope that you will urge DEC to require a full environmental impact statement for Global’s Albany and New Windsor proposals, thus providing affected communities the vital environmental and public health and safety information to which they are entitled.”