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A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS fines CSX for failure to report derailments

The New York State Department of Transportation has fined the rail company CSX $10,000 for failing to report two derailments of trains carrying crude oil. According to a press release, the company didn't report last week that an empty train that had recently offloaded crude oil from North Dakota derailed near Kingston.

The DOT says three days later, CSX took two hours to report derailed tankers full of crude oil south of Albany. No oil was spilled in either incident. The causes of both remain under investigation.

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David Sommerstein
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The fines come amidst a heightening awareness of the potential danger of transporting crude oil and other chemicals through New York towns. Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo urged federal officials to expedite a national rail safety review. A member of the National Transportation Safety Board said last week the most common rail tanker used to transport hazardous liquids is unsafe and "an unacceptable public risk."

CSX operates a major rail line from Syracuse through Massena and into Canada. The company recently increased the speed of its trains through some North Country towns, including Adams in Jefferson county and Canton and Potsdam in St. Lawrence County.

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