NYSDOT fining Canadian Pacific Railroad for failing to notify derailment

WTEN | May 12, 2014 | Staff Report

ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Department of Transportation will issue the maximum fine allowed under state law to Canadian Pacific Railroad for failing to report a derailment of crude oil train in Albany.


The four tank cars carrying crude oil derailed around 4:30 a.m. Monday at CPR’s Kenwood Rail Yard in the city. The derailed cars remained upright, and no oil was spilled.

The derailment was not reported to NYSDOT by CPR until 9:16 a.m. New York State Law states rail requires rail accidents involving freight trains carrying hazardous material be reported to NYSDOT within one hour of the accident.

The four tank cars that derailed were part of a train with 31 tank cars and one locomotive. The cars were carrying Bakken crude oil from North Dakota. The tank cars were not damaged; however, several wheels on the cars must be replaced because they contacted the ground.

The cars have since been moved back onto the tracks.

Inspectors from the Federal Railroad Administration and NYSDOT responded to the scene to investigate the incident. The inspectors believe the derailment may have been caused by a broken switch point, which is a narrow piece of rail that is guided between switch positions enabling a train to move from one track to another.

The maximum fine allowed per incident is $5,000.


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commented 2014-05-13 14:16:28 -0400 · Flag
$5000 is nothing to them, especially considering all the bad publicity they avoided at the county hearing by postponing the report. This is not minor or uneventful. This is an omen. Come to the city meeting at AHA, 5:30!
commented 2014-05-13 08:34:08 -0400 · Flag
Everyone needs to watch this video of the train derailment!!! Watch!
commented 2014-05-13 08:18:49 -0400 · Flag
Does anyone have any idea what the ratio of derailments with fires to derailments without fires might be?

This one minute video of a train derailment shows what happens, spark-wise, as a derailed tank car continues to move along the tracks! Some of the sparks are from pieces of metal substantial enough to last for seconds.


Easy to see how that oil ignites!
commented 2014-05-12 22:30:10 -0400 · Flag
I cannot believe that we did not hear about this earlier today. In spite of all the recent well publicized inspections, the Port of Albany rails still had an undetected broken switch point?? Obviously all the efforts of all our elected officials have not been sufficient. Are we just relying on luck??
commented 2014-05-12 21:43:56 -0400 · Flag
I meant to say switching FROM fossil fuels. Again, the only thing that makes sense is to switch away from fossil fuels.
commented 2014-05-12 21:41:02 -0400 · Flag
Saved this time, but what about the NEXT DERAILMENT here in Albany? We dodged a bullet this time. It’s just not safe to transport crude by rail. Leave it in the ground unless and until the oil companies can guarantee the safety of our communities. AND THEY CAN’T!
commented 2014-05-12 21:28:32 -0400 · Flag
$5,000 fine is ridiculous. CP and Global are laughing all the way to the bank. Shipping explosive fossil fuels is also insane. Given climate change doing anything less than aggressively switching to fossil fuels is being criminally negligent to our children.
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