How This U.S. Rail Safety Measure Has Been Delayed for 44 Years … And Counting

DeSmogBlog | April 30, 2014 | Post by Justin Mikulka

On August 20, 1969, two Penn Central commuter trains collided head-on near Darien, Conn.  Four people were killed and 43 were injured. The crash led the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to recommend that railroads implement new safety technology called positive train control — a system for monitoring and controlling trainmovements to increase safety.

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Oil tank cars derail, burn in Virginia

CNN | April 30, 3014 | Column by Matt Smith and Deanna Hackney

A pillar of black smoke billowed over downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, after a train carrying crude oil jumped its tracks and caught fire Wednesday afternoon, city officials said.

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Cuomo seeking rail safety improvements

WRGB | April 30, 2014 | Staff Report

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday demanding improvements to rail safety. Several hours later, Global Partners, which has a terminal in Albany, announced it would stop accepting DOT-111 train cars that don’t meet new Canadian safety standards.

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Forum On Energy And Environment Held In Plattsburgh

WAMC | April 30, 2014 | Column by Pat Bradley

People for Positive Action, an advocacy and environmental action group in Plattsburgh, hosted a “People’s Summit on Energy and the Environment” at SUNY Plattsburgh Tuesday evening.

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Oil pipelines on wheels

Hill Country Observer | April 2014 | Column by Tracy Frisch

Risks increase on region’s rail lines as traffic through Albany port grows

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Cuomo Oil Trains Report Moves NY in Right Direction

Environmental Advocates of New York | April 30, 2014 | Press Release

Statement from Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz

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Fears about crude oil facility aired at hearing

The Sacramento Bee | April 30, 2014 | AP Column

CONVENT, La. -- Wolverine Terminals Corp. officials have sought to reassure worried St. James Parish residents that its plans for a crude oil facility in Paulina will be safe and do not pose a threat.

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Governor Cuomo Takes Action to Better Protect New York From Crude Oil Transportation Disasters

Office of the Governor | April 30, 2014 | Press Release 

Governor Calls on Federal Government to Act Swiftly to Strengthen Standards Regulating Transportation of Crude Oil

State Agencies Issue Comprehensive Report Following Governor’s Executive Order

Governor Announces Package of State Administrative, Regulatory, and Legislative Actions

 

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NY agency to test air near crude oil shipping hub

WSKG | April 30, 2014 | AP Column

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says the state will start testing for air pollutants in the neighborhoods around Albany's Hudson River port, which has become a hub for crude oil shippers.

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A delay for train safety

Times Union | April 30, 2014 | Editorial Board

Our opinion: The rail and oil industries’ delay and denial on rail safety is bad enough, but it is unacceptable that the federal government is dragging its feet.

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