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Port Plans Worry Downtown Residents

WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Some Albany residents have voiced their concerns about plans to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany.

A Massachusetts company is planning to build a 2,600-square-foot heating facility at the port's rail yard to heat crude as it is pumped from tanker cars into storage tanks.

First Ward Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs says the local community  worries that the new building may mean increased air pollution adding to dangers already posed by the tankers.

Residents of the Ezra Prentice Homes and nearby neighbors say they worry about tank cars carrying heavy crude oil that currently pass within a few feet of the rear of some residences, as well as right by the area playground.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments thru January 31st.

Back in July, longtime rail safety advocate U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in downtown Albany  to express his concern for New Yorkers who live and work in communities along rail freight lines.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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