Aug 29, 2014 — Hundreds of people packed the Plattsburgh City Hall Auditorium in Northern New York last night, to hear from experts and to voice their own concerns about the growing traffic of oil tanker trains passing through the North Country.
Residents and activists from New York and Vermont said they want better answers from regulators, the oil industry, and Canadian Pacific about how oil shipments could be made safer.
Some local residents say the shipments should be halted or diverted altogether. Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Jul 01, 2014 — MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) Two environmental groups is asking New York state to reveal details about rail shipments of crude oil through the Hudson Valley.
The Times-Herald Record of Middletown reports that Earthjustice and Hudson Riverkeeper want to know more about the controversial trains. The paper says Earthjustice attorney Chris Amato filed a Freedom of Information Law request last week seeking records CSX Corp. submitted to the state about its crude-oil shipments. Go to full article
Several CSX trains carrying crude oil derailed and exploded Wednesday in Lynchburg. Photo: Elyssa Ezmirly, used with permission
May 01, 2014 — Several CSX rail cars carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday afternoon. Authorities evacuated the area as plumes of black smoke filled the sky. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but there were reports of oil spilling into the James River.
The latest railroad accident involving crude oil came just hours after New York released a report saying the federal government is failing to keep rail towns safe and urging President Barack Obama to act. Go to full article
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Feb 07, 2014 — State Senator Patty Ritchie says she's still waiting for freight rail company CSX to provide more information about the hazardous materials being transported through villages like Canton and Potsdam. And she's calling for Governor Cuomo to expand his investigation into rail safety to include the North Country. Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/russloar/ Some rights reserved.
Jan 31, 2014 — Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order calling on state agencies to review their preparedness for an oil spill or explosion from rail cars. The move comes amidst growing awareness that shipments of volatile crude oil from North Dakota are skyrocketing nationwide. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jan 28, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two experts in Colonial history say a plan to build a crude oil facility at the Port of Albany would destroy the buried remnants of the first Dutch settlement built in what would become New York state.
Albany-area historians Don Rittner and John Wolcott say the port was the site of Fort Nassau, built on an island in 1614 by Dutch explorers as a trading post. Spring floods along the Hudson River later forced them to relocate to a nearby site and build Fort Orange, which later became Albany. Go to full article