NY’s “Progress” to Control Bakken Crude Trains Passing Through

The issue of shipping Bakken crude oil on rail cars, many of which pass through New York State on the way to the Port of Albany, continues to be news in the Empire State. MDN told you in July that all New Yorkers are now less safe because of actions by the state government to disclose to the public (not just first responders) routes those shipments take through NY state (see New York Caves to Anti-Drillers Again: Discloses Oil Train Movements). Just coming to light for MDN, in January of this year Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order (EO) 125 directing state agencies to conduct a “coordinated review” of NY’s crude oil incident prevention and response capacity. Earlier this week the agencies provided a status update to Cuomo (full copy embedded below). The upshot seems to be the state is pointing fingers at the railroad industry and the federal government, telling them to get their act together to protect NY residents…

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