Prevent Bakken crude oil transport from creating rail disaster (Your letters)

Syracuse Post Standard | April 4, 2014 | LTE by Mary Menapace 

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A railroad oil tanker car is parked along Interstate 787 in downtown Albany on Friday, Feb. 7. The Port of Albany has become a hub for the U.S. oil business, taking shipments from North Dakota's Bakken Shale daily by mile-long trains and shipping it in tankers down the Hudson River to refineries. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

By Your Letters 

on April 04, 2014 at 10:23 AM, updated April 04, 2014 at 10:24 AM

To the Editor;

Could a rail disaster happen here?

You bet it could. The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued two safety warnings in three months on rail transport of the Bakken crude oil. The route runs right through Syracuse.

"The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is issuing this safety alert to notify the general public, emergency responders and shippers and carriers that recent derailments and resulting fires indicate that the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil."

Bakken crude cars are ticking tanker bombs. Watch the rails. The cars carrying crude oil are mostly but not necessarily black, with a red diamond numbered 1267. Tell Gov. Andrew Cuomo we don't want to be on the hazardous Bakken rail trail from North Dakota to the Port of Albany. And please, no more investment in any fossil fuels to explode or combust in New York. Investing in conservation and renewables means safe, sustainable jobs, cheaper electricity and drastically reduced carbon emissions. Thus creating a healthier New York and real and true energy independence.

Mary Menapace
Skaneateles

http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/04/prevent_bakken_crude_oil_transport_from_creating_rail_disaster_your_letters.html

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