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Green groups, residents sue crude-by-rail operator

ALBANY, N.Y. — A coalition of residents and environmental groups is suing a crude oil transporter, claiming violations of the federal Clean Air Act.

The coalition consisting of Albany County, a tenants association and six environmental groups filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday against Waltham, Massachusetts-based Global Partners. The lawsuit claims Global failed to obtain a required air pollution permit and install necessary pollution controls when it modified its permit at the Port of Albany in 2012.

The modified permit allowed Global to greatly increase rail shipments of crude oil from North Dakota to Albany for shipment down the Hudson River to refineries.

Edward Faneuil, executive vice president of Global Partners, said the company is in compliance with all regulatory and permitting requirements.

The coalition includes Earthjustice, Sierra Club, Riverkeeper, Natural Resources Defense Council and others.

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