Ban on oil storage a marginal help

Times Union | January 26, 2014 | LTE by Sandy Steubing

I read Matthew Hamilton’s article about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to raise the state’s oil cap fund to $40 million with mixed feelings.

Of course, the railroads need to be charged a good deal more for the spills that have increased exponentially since fracking began in North Dakota. After all, the explosive derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, is estimated to cost the taxpayers anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion.

To meet the challenges of runaway climate change, we need to aggressively switch to renewable sources of energy instead of taking small measures to cope with the build-out of fossil fuels.

Under state law, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens has the authority to prohibit the receipt and storage of crude oil at the Port of Albany due to imminent hazard. Governor Cuomo should suggest Commissioner Martens do this. But, just like with the fracking decision, he won’t do it without all of us persistently dodging him.

In the meantime, I feel torn over appreciating a proposal that makes a horrible system a tiny bit better. Is this the best we can do?

 

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