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 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 27, 2014 — Late Friday, U.S. and Canadian agencies made an unprecedented joint call for tough new safety rules for train cars carrying crude oil. As David Sommerstein reports, the tankers in question roll through North Country towns where speed limits have recently been increased. Go to full article
A photo from a National Transportation Safety Board powerpoint from 2012 shows how DOT-111 tankers can puncture. Photo: NTSB.
Oct 18, 2013 — There's been renewed attention to the safety of the freight trains that run through North Country towns. The horrible oil explosion that destroyed much of a Quebec village and killed 47 people makes any railroad town ask, "what if?" And a plan by CSX to increase train speeds through the village of Canton has local officials concerned the rail company is putting quick commerce before safety.
An investigation by NCPR has found CSX is shipping hazardous liquids like crude oil through Canton and other towns on its Massena line using tankers federal regulators deemed "inadequate" two decades ago. Go to full article