Demonstrators protest crude oil tankers at state Capitol

WNYT | April 15, 2014 | Staff Report

Demonstrators with hazmat suits protest crude oil. Photo: Kumi Tucker / WNYT

ALBANY - People dressed in hazmat suits gathered at the state Capitol in Albany Tuesday.

But they were not part of an emergency cleanup.

They were protesting the increase in crude oil being transported through the Port of Albany by railroad tankers from North Dakota and Canada.

The oil is loaded onto barges and hauled to production facilities downstate.

Speakers called on Governor Cuomo to say no to big oil and hold them responsible in case of a big spill.

The protest was originally planned for in front of the governor's mansion.

But it was moved indoors because of the weather.

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