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Coalition seeks answers on NY crude oil shipments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A coalition of environmental groups and local residents is asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation to set a deadline for a crude oil shipper to provide more details on its Albany port operations.

A letter sent to DEC Monday by Earthjustice, other environmental groups and Albany residents and officials seeks details on Global Companies' current and planned operations by May 3.

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The groups have raised safety concerns over increased shipments of North Dakota crude oil to coastal refineries by rail and Hudson River barge, after several devastating spills and derailments in other states and Canada last year.

DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said DEC won't make final determinations on pending permit applications until Global provides the required information and the public has the opportunity to review it and respond.

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