Starting in 2011, crude oil fracked from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota began to be transported by rail to the Port of Albany, and the first barge shipments down the river to refineries along the coast of New Jersey and Pennsylvania were made. According to Kate Hudson, director of cross-watershed initiatives at Riverkeeper, 25 percent of all crude from the Bakken is destined for Albany.
While low oil prices have slowed down the amount of crude moving down the river and on trains moving southward on the CSX rail line on the Hudson’s western shore . . .
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