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A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Discussion: oil tanker train traffic through the North Country

Tonight at the Whallonsburg Grange, community leaders and members of the public from the Champlain Valley will gather to talk about oil train traffic and new concerns about public safety.

Moriah town supervisor Tom Scozzafava will be there, along with Rachelle Armstrong, a city councilor from Plattsburgh. And NCPR Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann, who has been covering the oil train controversy, will also take part in the conversation.  Go to full article
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan

Oil trains pass within one mile of many North Country schools

After last summer's deadly oil train disaster in Quebec, more and more questions are being raised about the tanker trains passing through small towns here in northern New York.

A growing number of tanker trains roll every day through the St. Lawrence and Champlain valleys, often bound for the shipping port on the Hudson River in Albany.

Now, two advocacy groups have published a series of maps showing that those rail shipment routes pass near dozens of public schools.  Go to full article

Oil train classroom-on-rails trains responders

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A train equipped with four oil tankers and two classroom cars is making a whistle stop at the Port of Albany as part of a multi-state tour providing enhanced safety training in response to increased shipments of North Dakota crude oil.  Go to full article
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan

Local Albany officials say they're not ready for crude oil accidents

Albany County officials are trying to reassure the public over concerns about the crude oil trains that travel through the city. The city's port has become a major hub for rail shipments of volatile crude from the Midwest. Many of those trains travel the length of Lake Champlain on their way south from Canada.

Officials have acknowledged that the trains pose a significant risk. At a recent Common Council, they admitted that depending on the nature of an accident, there's little local emergency services could do.  Go to full article
The Port of Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow/7129166341/">Bill Morrow</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Port of Albany. Photo: Bill Morrow, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Comment period extended on crude oil facility

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State regulators have extended the public comment period for a fuel shipping company's plan to expand crude oil handling operations at the Port of Albany.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says Wednesday that the comment period on Global Companies' air permit application has been extended an additional 60 days until Aug. 1 because of broad public interest.  Go to full article
A safer oil tank car has a heat shield incorporated into a puncture-resistant jacket. Photo: NTSB
A safer oil tank car has a heat shield incorporated into a puncture-resistant jacket. Photo: NTSB

Crude oil shipper switching to safer tanker cars

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A fuel shipping company says it will voluntarily start requiring compliance with updated rail car standards for all crude oil trains arriving at its East and West Coast terminals, starting in upstate New York and Oregon.

Global Partners, based in Waltham, Mass., says Wednesday it will only accept trains consisting entirely of the new type of cars, which are more resistant to puncturing and leakage in a derailment like the one that killed 47 people in Canada last year.  Go to full article
A photo from a National Transportation Safety Board powerpoint from 2012 shows how DOT-111 tankers can puncture. Photo: NTSB.
A photo from a National Transportation Safety Board powerpoint from 2012 shows how DOT-111 tankers can puncture. Photo: NTSB.

How rail safety became a key issue in the energy policy debate

Much of the oil arriving at the Port of Albany passes first through the North Country, carried on rail tanker cars through communities in the St. Lawrence and Champlain valleys.

We've been keeping a close watch on this story since last summer, when Brian Mann reported on the rail tanker disaster in Quebec that left more than 40 people dead.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Sen. Gillibrand asks for update of oil spill plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to upgrade contingency plans for oil spills in New York and New Jersey.

Gillibrand says safety guidelines need to be updated because the amount of oil transported by railroad through densely populated areas has more than doubled in the two years since the plan was last updated.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Northern NY officials eye safety of oil trains

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Northern New York officials are reviewing their disaster plans in response to a dramatic increase in rail shipments of highly volatile crude oil from North Dakota to the Port of Albany.

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reports that Canadian Pacific Railway is moving as many as 20 trains weekly from the Canadian border south along Lake Champlain and the upper Hudson River. Each train has 100 cars filled with crude.  Go to full article
Oil Train Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/russloar/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Oil Train Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rail oil shipping raises safety concerns in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Environmental groups and residents are trying to stop a project that they believe will make Albany a key hub in the transport of heavy crude oil from western Canada's tar sands to refineries on the East Coast.  Go to full article

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