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Governance or Gambit?

by Ali Hibbs September 3, 2015

  In a press release on Tuesday, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced that the county has taken two separate legal actions “to protect the health and safety of Albany County residents in light of ...


Two Years Later

by Ali Hibbs July 9, 2015


  This Monday marked two years since the highly publicized, massive explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Forty-seven people died and a community was gutted when 62 cars carrying ultra-flammable Bakken crude oil derailed and ignited in a ...


In the Event of a Fire . . .

by Ali Hibbs June 18, 2015

  A year after Mayor Kathy Sheehan convened a “blue ribbon” panel to assess the safety of rail systems in Albany, officials are still concerned about what could happen in the event of a potential oil ...

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Off the Rails

by Ali Hibbs February 26, 2015

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  “It’s not if, it’s when,” repeated a small crowd of activists gathered outside Albany City Hall in frigid temperatures last Thursday. Bearing signs that read “What Will It Take?” and “Is Albany Next?” they were ...


Fracked Gas, Coming Through

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 15, 2015


  The land where Patricia Kernan grew up, in the foothills of the Northern Catskills, is 1,000 acres of unbroken forest, from which trees have been carefully, sustainably harvested for at least 70 years. It contains ...

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Crude Progress

by Ali Hibbs December 4, 2014

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  Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office released a status report early this week on crude-oil transportation in New York state. The report outlines 66 actions taken by New York to strengthen standards, regulations and procedures, with the ...

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More Time to Weigh In

by The Staff October 1, 2014

  Citing “broad public and community interest,” the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced late last week that it has extended the public-comment period for the Global Companies permit application that would allow the ...

The Price of Oil Trains

by Ali Hibbs July 31, 2014

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  One year after oil tankers went off the rails and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec—killing 47 people and leaving a community devastated—local political leaders and community members are growing increasingly concerned about a similar tragedy occurring ...


The Invisible Bomb Trains

by Justin Mikulka June 19, 2014

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  In 2012, Global Partners, an oil services company located in Massachusetts, received a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) allowing it to bring up to 1.8 billion gallons of crude ...


Pedaling Environmentalism

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014


    An Earth Day Bicycle Parade was held on Tuesday by PAUSE (People of Albany United for Safe Energy) to protest the oil “bomb trains” that run on the tracks behind the Ezra Prentice Homes on ...

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Oil and Water

by Stephen Leon April 17, 2014

  The recent steep increase in the number of potentially dangerous oil-tank rail cars passing through the Port of Albany already has drawn sharp criticism from concerned citizens in the Capital Region. Last week, the Adirondack ...

A Hot Mess

by Natasha Scully January 30, 2014

  In 1971, William Law moved his family to the New Hope Ezra Prentice homes in Albany. Despite the clanking sounds from the nearby railroad line that echo through some of the houses, for 43 years ...