McCoy, Global Partners dispute ban on crude processing expansion

Friday, March 14, 2014
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— Global Partners at the Port of Albany sent a letter to Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy on Friday knocking his push to halt the company’s expansion of crude oil processing.

McCoy issued a moratorium Thursday calling on the Mass.-based company to put the brakes on its expansion at the port pending a public health investigation by the Albany County Health Department.

Edward Faneuil, executive vice president of Global, said the executive order is “ill-advised, unnecessary, unlawful and prejudicial to the company.”

“It has no legal basis, discriminates unfairly against Global Partners for lawful business activities that are fully permitted and puts the county at risk for legal action and damages,” Faneuil said in a prepared statement.

After receiving the letter, McCoy issued a statement that stressed his goal of protecting the health and safety of Albany County residents from the shipment of crude oil products.

“Instead of Global Companies using its resources to cooperate with efforts to prevent catastrophic public health and safety risks, Global unleashes a cadre of lawyers in a transparent maneuver to intimidate and bully the county from safeguarding the public health,” McCoy said.

Global is looking to add several boilers at the port, which would be used to heat crude oil before it’s shipped so it would be easier to pump.

The moratorium would prohibit the company from doing so.

Faneuil said the decision by McCoy was made without consultation with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

McCoy said the county attorney advised him that the county’s actions are “on firm legal ground.”

Global’s letter states that the moratorium “has unnecessarily interfered with the legal permit processes of state and local agencies that have nothing whatsoever to do with county authority.”

“We will not be intimidated,” McCoy said. “We will not back down and we will not let ‘Big Oil’ and its hordes of lawyers use hollow threats to stop us and the people from ensuring environmental justice in Albany County.”

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