State officials are considering a proposal by a Fortune 500 oil company to ship tar sands oil through New York state, heat the heavy crude in railcars alongside homes, load it onto barges, and ship it down the Hudson River to refineries up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
It’s a terrible and dangerous plan.
What’s more, the plan puts residents of Ezra Prentice Homes, in Albany’s South End—who are already burdened by constant oil train traffic and other industrial pollution—at even greater risk.
Tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest fossil fuels on earth: From drilling it to shipping it to processing it to burning it, the air, water and climate pollution is devastating.
The thick, gooey crude also contains high levels of benzene—a known carcinogen—and noxious-smelling sulfur. Global’s plan to cook tar sands oil on site in tankers and storage tanks at its Albany facility threatens to expose Ezra Prentice residents to even more foul and toxic air pollution.
It’s all too common for polluting industries to locate and grow their operations in places where they believe people have less power. Dirty factories and garbage dumps don’t get built in the rich part of town.
New York State has an official policy designed to protect low-income communities and communities of color from these practices. The problem is, regulators at the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are ignoring it.
They’ve also ignored a steady stream of meeting requests from residents.
Earthjustice is representing environmental groups and Albany community members in court to challenge this dangerous proposal, and we need your help to stop this. Tell Governor Cuomo that his regulators need to do their jobs. Anything less is injustice—for the people of Ezra Prentice Homes, the people of New York, and all those threatened by climate change.
May 16, 2016 Action Alert ID# 374
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