South End residents speak out against proposed oil heating facility

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Residents in Albany's South End are gathering to speak out against a proposed oil heating facility at the port of Albany.

Concerned residents met at the Ezra Prentice Homes Playground, a site where they say tanker cars would be carrying heavy crude oil just a few feet away from playing children.

The facility, proposed by Global Companies, would heat crude oil in the winter months, making it easier to load onto barges to be shipped down river.

Residents are concerned about the potentially explosive product being so close, as well as air pollution.

The issue of transporting oil near neighborhoods became a concern last summer following a massive train spill in Canada. 

“Tankers have blown up. They don't even know if the tankers meet the kind of standard to address this new oil they're moving through, these processes they're moving through. These tankers were built years ago before some of these process that are taking place now,” said Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin.

Senator Chuck Schumer has already called for tougher standards on trains carrying oil, and on Thursday the NTSB did as well.

DEC is extending the public comment period on the Global
Companies, LLC Air Title V permit modification for an additional 60 days, until
April 2nd, and
has scheduled a public informational meeting at 6 p.m. on February 12, 2014,
at the Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 South Pearl Street, Albany.
The meeting will provide an overview of the permit and its impact.

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