ALBANY, N.Y. – Global Partners LP delivered a letter to Albany County Executive Dan McCoy responding to his executive order to put a moratorium on oil heating in Albany County.
Global Partners said they consider McCoy's action "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."
Global Partners also claims that McCoy issued his moratorium without consulting the DEC or taking advantage of the company's invitation to state and local officials to tour the facility and learn about its operations.
The company said they would continue with its current operations and move forward with its pending permit applications.
Global Partners has operated its Albany Terminal since 2007.
McCoy issued the following statement in response to Global Partners' letter:
"People have a right to be safe from environmental hazards. Wednesday, we issued orders to protect the health and safety of our residents from dangerous crude oil products being shipped into and from Albany County. 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. We will not be intimidated. 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.
The County Attorney has advised me the County's actions are on firm legal ground. A threatening letter that blows smoke does not alter the County's statutory right and duty embodied in the Public Health Law to protect the public's health and safety. Interesting, and perhaps most telling, nowhere do Global's lawyers deny that the shipment and processing of high volumes of Crude Oil present real and substantial public health and safety risk."
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