EMERGENCY RESPONSE FAQs
Does Global conduct emergency preparedness and response drills?
Regular emergency preparedness and response drills are conducted involving facility personnel and local, state and federal emergency response organizations. Drills include emergency responder notification, tabletop exercises and equipment deployment activities. Following each drill, an “after action” review is conducted to evaluate drill performance and to initiate any recommendations to improve performance of the team. This “after action” review assists emergency responders in fully understanding their tasks and facilitates effective coordination and communication between all involved agencies and facility responders.
Does Global conduct inspections to prevent a spill from occurring?
Global conducts daily inspections of the Terminal for spill prevention purposes and to evaluate any additional maintenance that may be required outside of the standard preventative maintenance program. This documented daily inspection includes inspection of equipment for unanticipated liquid and vapor leaks. Numerous additional facility inspections are conducted during transfer operations and at the beginning of each shift. In addition, a comprehensive documented inspection of the entire Terminal is conducted monthly.
In addition to the inspections conducted by Global, there are a myriad of state and federal agencies that have access to the property and routinely conduct regulatory compliance inspections. During the past year, government agencies have conducted more than 100 inspections of the Global facility. These agencies include, but are not limited to, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Are Global’s employees trained to deal with emergency prevention and response?
Global's emergency response planning begins with comprehensive training. Global regularly trains employees on safe operating protocols, emergency response, spill prevention and response, and fire prevention and response. Special attention is given to fire prevention practices, including the controls used at the Terminal to prevent the occurrence of fires through systems used at the Terminal, as well as work practices. Fire response training is conducted on a regular basis in conjunction with the Albany Fire Department, which would serve as incident commander in the event of an incident at the Terminal.
Employees also are provided with substantial training on spill response procedures, based on federal training guidance. This training provides employees with knowledge on the hazards and strategies to be employed in the event of a product spill to minimize risk to on-site personnel, the public, the environment and property.
How are Global’s employees prepared for fire prevention and response?
Employees are provided with initial (incipient) stage fire extinguisher training that addresses the appropriate responses to small fires that can be extinguished quickly using available equipment on-site. Employees are trained to assess the risk of fire response and take appropriate action to mitigate using a fire extinguisher if this can be done quickly and safely. Fire extinguishers are provided at each transfer location for employee use and are distributed pursuant to applicable OSHA and National Fire Protection Association requirements. They are subject to regular visual inspection and training.
In addition, employees are trained on emergency notification and response practices to summon appropriate responders. These response practices are addressed through regular spill response training, reinforced during safety meetings, and addressed during emergency response drills. Training, meetings and drills address responses specific to potential fire scenarios at the Terminal, response equipment and local response capabilities.
In addition, fire response training is conducted on a regular basis (typically annually) in conjunction with the Albany Fire Department which would serve as incident commander in the event of an incident at the Terminal. This training includes familiarization with fire suppression systems.
What types of equipment does Global have on-site for use in the event of an incident?
A variety of on-site equipment is available for use during an incident or spill at the Terminal, including skimmers and pumps, booms, sorbents, hand tools, communication equipment, personal protective equipment and fire extinguishers. All crude oil tanks are equipped with a fixed foam fire suppression system. In addition, two self-contained mobile foam trailers equipped with hoses, nozzles and monitors are available for fire response within Kenwood Yard.
How can Global ensure that crude oil is transported safely through the community?
Global shares the commitment of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer and others to facilitate the safe transportation of petroleum products. The efforts of federal, state and local agencies complement Global’s detailed preventive safety measures and comprehensive emergency preparedness protocols.
Rail cars that carry crude oil into the Termianl have enhanced safety features including thicker shells, enhanced top fittings and roll-over protection, and exterior head shields on either end of the cars, complying with an American Association of Railroads’ safety standard called CPC-1232. Earlier this year, Global voluntarily committed to only permit DOT-111 railcars that comply with the enhanced CPC-1232 safety features to transport crude oil into the Albany facility. Global fulfilled this commitment.
The federal government is considering requiring all railcars in the country that transport crude oil to be compliant with the CPC-1232 standard. Global is pleased to have already proactively implemented this program.
How will the community be notified in the event of an incident?
In the unlikely event that an incident at the Terminal potentially endangers or affects adjoining properties or the public, the Albany Fire Department, serving as incident commander, may notify public health agencies, the railroad controller, the highway department, schools, adjacent businesses and property owners, etc.
Does Global have an evacuation plan in place?
An evacuation plan has been developed for the Terminal that provides instruction for evacuation of the Terminal and procedures to account for employees, contractors and visitors at the site. Procedures to evacuate personnel include sounding facility alarms and communications by radio and word of mouth. Employees and contractors would evacuate to the pre-designated assembly area located across the street from the Terminal and all personnel would be accounted for.
Any evacuation that was deemed necessary beyond the facility would be directed by the Albany Fire Department, as incident commander. Global would coordinate and cooperate with the Albany Fire Department as needed.