Global Partners drops plan to expand New Windsor oil terminal facility

Global Partners drops plan to expand Port of Albany oil terminal facility in New York

Global Partners LP withdrew its proposal to expand its oil terminal facility in New Windsor, New York, this December, according to Times Union. The company did not give a reason for pulling out its plan.

For the past few months, the company's plan to add a rail-to-river unloading facility to its Port of Albany plant has been under scrutiny by state agencies and environmental groups. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation found Global Partner's proposal was incomplete in August 2013, and required the company to answer questions before it could move forward in the approval process.

The project would have enabled Global Partners to move oil from crude oil tanker trains to boats, which could take the resource to other coastal refineries. Transporting the oil by vessel would be cheaper than by land. It also would have significantly increased the amount of oil being transported by the Hudson River.

Environmental groups pleased
While environmental groups consider the withdrawal of the proposal a victory, they state Global Partners still has permits for other expansion plans in the area. The company wants to add to its facility in Albany by building a plant to heat crude oil to make it easier to pump.

Though the proposal does not specify what type of oil would be heated, proponents worry this plan will bring Canadian tar sands oil to the region. Unlike Bakken oil, which floats in water if spilled, Canadian tar sands oil sinks, making it difficult to clean up, Times Union reported.

Public comment on this expansion was extended six times, according to Times Union, and finally ended in November.

More information on oil in New York can be found at PennEnergy's research area.

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