crude oil

RAIL SAFETY
11:32 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Onondaga County: We're Prepared in the Event of an Oil Train Incident

A DOT 111A tank car sits on the edge of Lac Megantic's destroyed downtown last summer in Quebec.
Credit Brian Mann / North Country Public Radio (NCPR)

Onondaga 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.  The volume of shipments of volatile crude from North Dakota on what critics have called flawed, outdated tank cars has skyrocketed through the county on its way to the Port of Albany.  

  That’s raised concerns from federal, state, and city officials about the danger and ability to respond. 

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.  He says the state is also working with the Federal Railroad Agency to inspect rails.  

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RAILROAD SAFETY
6:11 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Syracuse City Council Seeks Support for Railcar Safety Legislation

DOT 111 rail cars
Credit dot.gov

Concerns surrounding rail car transport of flammable oils and gases have motivated Syracuse Common Councilor Jean Kessner to push for tighter regulations. This news comes after Senator Chuck Schumer's critique of a recent rail safety initiative, agreed to by the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Association of American Railroads on February 20, 2014. 

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