Amtrak Derailment Could Have Lead to Evacuation of Almost 20,000

The Spirit of the River Wards (via The Benicia Independent) | May 20, 2015 | Post by Austin Nolen

The recent Amtrak derailment, which has already led to eight deaths, could have been far worse. As many already know, Amtrak 188 derailed near another train, which could have been carrying crude oil. As PhillyMag points out in a piece they ran on these so-called “bomb trains,” “a large-scale oil train fire in Philadelphia would be a fiasco. Federal officials recommend evacuating all people within a half-mile of an oil train fire—that’s how destructive they can be.”

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NY state to rule soon on crude oil facility at Albany port

Associated Press (via Belleville News-Democrat) | May 20, 2015 | Report by Mary Esch

New York state regulators are expected to decide soon on a permit for a facility at the Port of Albany that critics say would make the port a hub for heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil as well as the millions of gallons of North Dakota Bakken crude it's now handling.

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Fuel spill raises concerns

Times Union | May 19, 2015 | Column by Brian Nearing

A spill of either crude oil or diesel fuel at the Port of Albany on Tuesday did not pollute the Hudson River, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said.

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Albany County won’t lift ban on expanding crude oil operations

Capital New York | May 19, 2015 | Column by Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Albany County will not lift a moratorium on the expansion of crude oil operations at the Port of Albany even if the state approves a controversial project that would open up New York to another type of crude.

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D.E.C. says options limited for opposing crude facility

Capital New York | May 18, 2015 | Column by Scott Waldman

ALBANY—State environmental officials have said in private meetings that it may be legally difficult for them to oppose construction of a heating facility at the Port of Albany that would allow tar sands crude to be transported through New York, according to people who attended the meetings.

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Feds flex muscle at DEC

Times Union | May 18, 2015 | Column by Brian Nearing

EPA wants to see details of port oil heating plant

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Local environmental group challenges oil train safety rules

Times Union | May 18, 2015 | Column by Brian Nearing

Riverkeeper wants safety measures put in place sooner

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Riverkeeper sues U.S. DOT over oil train safety rules

Times Union | May 18, 2015 | Column by Brian Nearing

The Hudson River environmental advocacy group Riverkeeper is challenging new U.S. Department of Transportation crude-by-rail standards in federal court, saying that they fail to protect the public and the environment from proven threats, according to a statement issued Monday.

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New oil train safety rules spell delay, leaving citizens at risk

The Hill (via The Benicia Independent) | May 18, 2015 | Column by Jayni Hein

Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento, Calif.: These are just a few of the cities within the “blast zones” of mile-long trains carrying flammable crude oil across the country. Twenty-five million Americans live in these vulnerable areas; yet it will be years until dangerous tank cars are retrofitted or retired from the rails, based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new safety standards.

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Coalition Files Lawsuit Over Flawed Federal Regulations of 'Bomb Trains'

Common Dreams | May 15, 2015 | Column by Jon Queally

'Pleas from the public to stop hauling explosive crude in these tank cars have fallen on deaf ears, leaving people across the country vulnerable to catastrophic accidents.'

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