For Immediate Release: September 16, 2016
Cuomo Administration Orders Climate Test for Big Oil’s Plan for Tar Sands on the Hudson
Albany – Today the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) sent a letter to Global Companies informing them that the permit the company is seeking to heat crude oil at their Port of Albany facility will be put through a full environmental review. Some of the items the state is requiring the company to submit information on include addressing the concerns of residents at Ezra Prentice Homes, a housing development located in close proximity to the facility. These concerns include air and noise pollution, alarming levels of benzene in the air near the Port, and the facility’s impact on climate change, which is already negatively affecting New York communities.
The following statement is attributable to Peter Iwanowicz, executive director for Environmental Advocates of New York:
“Big oil just got another strong sign from Governor Cuomo that New York is moving away from the dirty and dangerous fuels of the past and heading toward a future powered by 100% clean, renewable energy. Not only will Global Companies have to address the toxic air pollution from crude oil, it is also going to have to pass New York’s ‘climate test’ before they are given the green light to move tar sands oil down the Hudson River. And since it’s a test that cannot be passed, the letter today should represent the end of the line for this ill-conceived proposal.”