Oil Spill at The Port of Albany

Time Warner Cable News | August 20, 2014 | Column by Madeleine Rivera

ALBANY, N.Y. -- There was an oil spill Wednesday afternoon, at the Port of Albany at the Global property.

The Department of Environmental Conservation confirms that the spill is about 100 gallons of oil that is about 10-feet in diameter.

There's no risk of contamination to the Hudson River, and no one was hurt.

The spill was the result of a failed gasket on a pipe that is used to empty out crude oil from the train cars to the tanks at the Global Partners Site.

The spilled oil was transferred to two drums, and then transferred to a vacuum truck. That's where the oil is.

"The whole incident was contained and made safe in a short period of time. It went exactly as we’ve trained for these types of scenarios," said Port of Albany Manager Richard Hendrick.

Hendrick said oil was never spilled on the ground, and nothing went into the Hudson River. He added the oil was contained, and the incident was taken care of in a short period of time.

This spill comes at a time when there's heightened scrutiny over the safety of oil at the port. Lawmakers have been calling for stricter regulations and oversight there.

County Executive Dan McCoy has proposed legislation that would fine companies for not reporting spills to the county.

McCoy said this spill would have been in violation, under his new law.

The Albany fire chief said they expect to finish their work shortly. He said the failed gasket will be replaced Wednesday night.


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commented 2014-08-28 01:27:17 -0400 · Flag
So, if the oil didn’t spill on the ground, where did it spill? A 10-foot diameter spill in the air?

The spill reported is only that fraction of the light crude oil that remained liquid… what volume of the material volatilized and escaped into the air of the surrounding neighborhood to travel upwind (north) into an adjacent residential neighborhood?

The NYS DEC (Randi Walker – Division of Air Resources) presented recently at Ezra Prentice that annual background guidance concentrations for benzene are already exceeded in this area, this spill simply adds more fuel to the fire in a heavily populated residential area that suffers compromised air quality to begin with.

What is it going to take for Cuomo to step up and direct the Department of Health or the Department of Environmental Conservation to curtail this imminently hazardous (DOT/federal government declared this months ago) operation of transporting crude oil by rail? Albany residents murdered?

By the way… N.Y. PEN. LAW § 125.25 : NY Code – Section 125.25: Murder in the second degree – states that “…Under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life, he recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to another person, and thereby causes the death of another person…” (see Lac-Mégantic July 6, 2013) which holds a Second Degree Murder charge in the state. Murder in the second degree is a class A-I felony.
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