railroads http://waer.org en Onondaga County: We're Prepared in the Event of an Oil Train Incident http://waer.org/post/onondaga-county-were-prepared-event-oil-train-incident <p>Onondaga&nbsp;County Emergency Management officials say there has been an increased focus on how to respond to any potential incident involving a train carrying crude oil. &nbsp;The volume of shipments of volatile crude from North Dakota on what critics have called flawed, outdated tank cars has skyrocketed through the county on its way to the Port of Albany. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>That’s raised concerns from federal, state, and city officials about the danger and ability to respond.&nbsp;</p><p> Wisely says he's also been on conference calls with state officials, and Gov. Cuomo has commissioned a task force to review incident prevention response capacity specific to crude oil. &nbsp;He says the state is also working with the Federal Railroad Agency to inspect rails. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 03:32:20 +0000 Scott Willis 19118 at http://waer.org Onondaga County: We're Prepared in the Event of an Oil Train Incident Syracuse City Council Seeks Support for Railcar Safety Legislation http://waer.org/post/syracuse-city-council-seeks-support-railcar-safety-legislation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Concerns surrounding rail car transport of flammable oils and gases have motivated Syracuse Common Councilor Jean </span>Kessner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to push for tighter regulations. This news comes after <a href="http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Newsroom/record.cfm?id=349473">Senator Chuck Schumer's critique</a> of a recent rail safety initiative,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">agreed to by the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Association of American Railroads on February 20, 2014.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:11:16 +0000 Hannah Warren & Scott Willis 18580 at http://waer.org Syracuse City Council Seeks Support for Railcar Safety Legislation Sen. Chuck Schumer Says "Flawed" Railcars Pose Danger to Syracuse and Upstate http://waer.org/post/sen-chuck-schumer-says-flawed-railcars-pose-danger-syracuse-and-upstate <p>Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by Syracuse Tuesday to call on the Federal Transportation Department to propose a fix for flawed rail cars called the DOT 111.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>He says&nbsp;the hundreds of cars that&nbsp;travel through the center of Syracuse every day are the same ones that derailed in Quebec a few weeks ago, killing dozens and wiping out a small town.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 03:47:30 +0000 Scott Willis & Maria Catanzarite 6435 at http://waer.org Sen. Chuck Schumer Says "Flawed" Railcars Pose Danger to Syracuse and Upstate