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
Demonstrators at the capitol call for state action against transport of crude oil on New York train tracks. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Apr 16, 2014 — National environmental groups are putting the spotlight on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the expanding international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the State Capitol, at the Port of Albany.
Mar 14, 2014 — At a meeting this week in Elizabethtown, in Essex County, Canadian Pacific refused to disclose its emergency response plan in case of a major rail tanker disaster on its line in the Champlain Valley.
According to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, CP spokesman Randy Marsh cited security concerns in declining to tell local government leaders and first responders about the company's response plan. Go to full article
A train in Casselton, North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed and exploded on Dec. 30, 2013. Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press / latimes.com, via NTSB press release
Jan 14, 2014 — North Country Congressman Bill Owens is joining a bipartisan effort to require rail companies to retrofit tanker cars the federal government deemed unsafe years ago. Owens became involved in the issue after a series of reports by North Country Public Radio. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article