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Lawsuit brought against Albany oil terminal operator

Residents living near an oil terminal at the Port of Albany have launched a citizens’ lawsuit saying the company operating the site, Global Partners, has violated the federal Clean Air Act. The lawsuit contends Global Partners failed to detail plans to allow increased shipments through the facility including more volatile Bakken crude from North Dakota.

The lawsuit seeks an immediate halt to Bakken crude shipments as well as seeking a fine of $37,500 for every day Global Partner has handled the oil. As well as the air quality, other locals are worried about the effect a spill would have on the Huson River.

Global Partners has said it is “in compliance” at Albany.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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