The story of Global Partners LP begins with a single truck delivering heating oil during the Great Depression. Today, we help fuel the United States through terminals like Global Albany, and our network of gas stations across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. So while we’ve grown far from those humble roots, our goals and values remain the same. We get up each day and do the work that keeps cars on the road and homes warm. We help power lives.
Albany Terminal by the Numbers
Global’s work is vital to the East Coast’s energy infrastructure and economy. Through our network of terminals and gas stations across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, each day we help fill approximately 700,000 cars with gasoline and 20,000 trucks with diesel. Each winter, we help keep nearly 39,000 homes warm.
Our Albany terminal is critical to what we do, and we take our responsibilities — to our employees, our neighbors and the environment — seriously. Still, misperceptions about Global, our work and our terminals arise. When that happens, we appreciate the chance to set the record straight.
- Global Albany handles much more than petroleum. We work with a variety of biofuels such as ethanol and bio-based diesel. Additionally, Global operates a separate propane storage facility near its Albany terminal.
- While crude oil has been moved through our Albany terminal in the past, Global hasn’t received crude here since August 2016.
- Global owns, controls and operates the six tracks within the fence line of its Albany facility. We don’t, however, control Kenwood Yard. The tracks bordering the Ezra Prentice homes and Albany’s South End neighborhood are controlled by Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX and the Albany Port Railroad.
- Railcars are not vented into the air. Even when the tops of the railcars appear open, the cars’ contents remain sealed safely inside.
- We believe success means putting people, communities and the environment at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we have a dedicated environmental team and work proactively with local, state, and federal authorities to prevent accidents and protect the environment. It’s easy to accuse Global of not caring about the environment, but it isn’t true.
Since 2013, Global has been engaged with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in a process to modify the Albany terminal’s Title V Facility Permit, as required under the Clean Air Act.
At issue is Global’s plan to renovate a building already on the property, and add four boilers and three thermal oil heaters. These heating systems would facilitate the offloading of viscous products from railcars, the storage of those products in a tank on site, and the loading of those products to trucks or marine vessels. The products to be heated would consist of biofuel and crude oil (should shipments of crude to Albany resume).
In November 2013, the DEC issued a Negative Declaration, asserting “the emissions from the heated petroleum products are lower than the emissions from the crude oil that is currently permitted for storage at the facility; therefore the facility’s potential to emit (PTE) will not change as a result of this modification.” That should have moved the project forward.
Unfortunately, since that time the project has been slowed by a number of extra legal processes. This includes a court order requiring the DEC to either approve or deny Global’s application. The DEC is currently appealing that order.
The Port of Albany, and adjacent areas, is one of the busiest in the country, with many companies engaged in different industries. It’s also near where many people call home. We share the DEC’s commitment to safety and ensuring our South End neighbors and the environment are protected. We believe this project aligns with everyone’s goals.