Oil spill training exercise held in Albany as residents protest

NEWS 10 ABC  |  October 21, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. – Environmental groups and Albany residents held a protest against older model rail tanker cars carrying crude oil to the Port of Albany.

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The protest comes after the filing of a legal petition that asks the Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner to issue an order prohibiting receipt of crude oil in .111 tank cars at the Port.

Many people believe that the crude oil trains pose a serious health threat to their community and the environment.

Just under a month ago, an inspection of the rail cars revealed 12 non-critical defects at one of the yards in Albany.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been pushing for federal action to strengthen national regulation of crude oil transport.

According to supporters of the ban, the cars are prone to rupture on impact and have been involved in a series of explosions, fires and spills.

“The shipment of the oil needs to stop coming into New York at all because of the five explosions in the last 15 months and the toxicity that all of the fossil fuels creates,” Sandy Steubing of Ban Bomb Trains said.

The DOT has proposed gradually phasing out the cars. Newer cars have thicker walls and other safeguards.

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commented 2014-10-26 19:39:36 -0400 · Flag
I’m curious about when the DEC scheduled this training. Was it after they found out about our protest rally??
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