State's Actions on Transport of Crude Oil
On January 28, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order directing several State agencies to do a top-to-bottom review of safety procedures and emergency response preparedness related to rail and water shipments of volatile crude oil from the Bake oil fields in North Dakota and other sources. Governor Cuomo's Executive Order 125 directs DEC, the Department of Transportation, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Department of Health, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to take action to strengthen the State's oversight of shipments of petroleum products.
In response, these agency commissioners sent a letter to several federal agencies (PDF) urging new federal regulations regarding rail transportation to help protect New York communities.
On March 4, Governor Cuomo sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Foxx and Homeland Security Secretary Johnson urging federal officials to expedite and strengthen rail safety standards, require reporting by railroad companies of derailments, increase inspections and more clearly identify and track rail cars carrying crude oil.
On March 24, DEC Commissioner Martens sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy (PDF) asking the federal government to update spill response plans because they are outdated and need to better protect critical sensitive areas in New York State.
On April 10, DEC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) announced in a joint press release that they are committed to enhancing emergency preparedness and response capabilities for potential crude oil incidents in New York.
Global Companies LLC Permit - Albany Terminal
DEC is considering Global Companies permit application to modify its Air Title V Facility permit to allow Global to heat petroleum products (crude, residual fuel and bio-fuels) at its Albany facility.
The draft permit was listed in the January 29, 2014 Environmental Notice Bulletin and is available for public comment.
Due to broad public and community interest in the activities, DEC further extended the comment period on the draft permit until June 2, 2014. In addition, on Wednesday, February 12, DEC held a public information session at the Griffin Memorial Elementary School Auditorium located at 274 South Pearl Street in the City of Albany.
See DEC's Global Albany facility web page for more information. Read DEC's March 24, 2014 letter to Global Companies (PDF) requesting additional information and extending the comment period to June 2.
Global Companies LLC Permit - New Windsor Terminal
In August 2013, Global Companies LLC submitted a permit application to DEC to redevelop a former industrial shipyard into a railcar transloading facility in the Town of New Windsor. As proposed, once the site is redeveloped the facility would receive petroleum products by rail and distribute them to existing storage tanks located at adjacent NYSDEC-licensed Major Oil Storage Facility (MOSF) terminals operated by Global. DEC received application revisions in November 2013 and January 2014.
On March 24, DEC issued a Notice of Incomplete Application to Global Companies (PDF) for the New Windsor terminal. See DEC's Global New Windsor facility web page for additional information.