- Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont-based group devoted to protecting Lake Champlain is praising a decision by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to put on hold a proposed air pollution permit for a facility in Albany.

The Burlington-based Lake Champlain Committee says the plan by Massachusetts-based Global Companies LLC for a new heating oil facility at the Port of Albany would have meant an increase in traffic of trains loaded with thick tar sands crude along the western shores of the lake.

The committee says trains carrying the oil would travel more than 130 miles along the lake shore, including more than 100 miles of which are inside the Adirondack Park. The rails pass through a dozen Adirondack communities and cross several major rivers that feed the lake.

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