Valero Benicia Crude By Rail environmental report delayed for review of new federal regulations

The Benicia Independent | May 22, 2015 | Column by Roger Straw

The City of Benicia issued an announcement on May 21, 2015 delaying its release of a revised draft environmental impact report on Valero Benicia Refinery’s proposal to construct an offloading facility for delivery of crude by rail.

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Oil train opponents cancel rally in wake of Albany decision

Times Union | May 22, 2015 | Post by Eric Anderson

People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE) has canceled the protest rally planned for today at the Department of Environmental Conservation headquarters in downtown Albany. Instead, they plan to offer the DEC commissioner cake and coffee.

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Crude oil project on back burner

Times Union | May 22, 2015 | Column by Brian Nearing

State pulls ruling; new plan rises for pollution sensor in South End

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State to require full environmental review of crude-heating facility

Capital New York | May 21, 2015 | Column by Scott Waldman

ALBANY—After 18 months of pressure from environmental and community groups, state officials have reversed an earlier position, and will now require a full environmental review of a crude-heating facility that would allow tar sands oil to be shipped down the Hudson River.

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NY to require further review of crude oil facility at port

Associated Press (via Seattle Post-Intelligencer) | May 21, 2015 | Report by Mary Esch

New York state regulators said Thursday they'll require further environmental review before deciding whether to allow a fuel transport company to install facilities at the Port of Albany that critics say would make the port a hub for heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil.

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UPDATED: WE WON (for now) - NO TAR SANDS CRUDE IN NEW YORK!

Daily Kos | May 21, 2015 | Diary by Albanius

NY Gov. Andrew  Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) may issue a permit tomorrow reversed an earlier decision and ordered a full environmental review rather than issue a permit to Global Partners for a facility to accept and heat heavy crude from the infamous Alberta Tar Sands in Canada, the dirtiest oil in the world. Tar Sands produces less net energy than ordinary crude and emits far more greenhouse pollution.

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DEC Issues Letter of Intent to Rescind Negative Declaration for Global Companies' Port of Albany Proposed Air Permits

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation | May 21, 2015 | Press Release

Letter Begins Process to Require Environmental Review

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Riverkeeper Responds to Decision Regarding Albany Oil Terminal Expansion

Riverkeeper (via The Benicia Independent) | May 21, 2015 | Press Release

Riverkeeper applauds the decision by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the proposed expansion of Global Companies’ rail-to-barge transfer terminal at in Albany, which would facilitate the transport of heavy “tar sands” crude oil. Riverkeeper calls on the state to follow through on what they’ve begun today and promptly issue a “positive declaration” requiring an environmental impact statement.

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DEC Rescinds Negative Declaration for Global Permit; Calls For Full Environmental Impact Study

WAMC | May 21, 2015 | Report by Dave Lucas

Oil rail car standards are under scrutiny in the courts as South End neighborhood residents ponder their fate in the shadow of oil operations at the Port of Albany.

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Railroad safety fact check: Fires and spills are up despite industry claims

Grist | May 20, 2015 | Column by Isaiah Thompson

Despite the terrible derailment of an Amtrak train last week and a spate of other fiery accidents involving trains carrying flammable crude oil — five so far this year — railroad industry and government officials have taken pains to reassure the public of rail transportation safety.

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PAUSE is a grassroots group of individuals who have come together to promote safe, sustainable energy and fight for environmental justice. We engage the greater public to stop the fossil fuel industry’s assault on the people of Albany and our environment.