New York Seeks More Data on Crude Oil Rail Operations

New York Times | March 25, 2014 | AP Column

New York State regulators are seeking more information from a Massachusetts company that plans to expand its Hudson River facilities routing rail shipments of crude oil from North Dakota and western Canada to coastal refineries. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation sent letters to Global Partners, based in Waltham, Mass., on Monday, requesting more information about emergency response plans and other aspects of a rail terminal planned in New Windsor, just north of West Point. The agency also said it was extending by a month, to June 2, the deadline for public comments in Albany on Global Partner’s expansion plans. Global bought a Port of Albany oil tank farm from Exxon-Mobil in 2007. At first, the company was handling primarily oil, gasoline, ethanol and other fuels, but it got a permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation in November 2012 to expand operations from 450 million gallons a year of combined fuels to 1.8 billion gallons of crude oil. The expansion, which started bringing mile-long trains of tanker cars through the heart of Albany daily, drew little notice until a series of derailments in other states. The state directed Global to answer 29 questions, including information about potential effects of heavy crude oil spills into the Hudson.

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