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Crude oil shipments have been a growing concern for many residents in the Capital Region and the recent derailment of 13 tank cars carrying crude oil at the Selkirk Rail Yard may be fueling the controversy. A local Earth Justice attorney says it should be a wake-up call.
"Is it going to take fire and explosion with loss of life, destruction of property for people to wake up?" asks Earth Justice Attorney Christopher Amato.
Amato says that a catastrophe happened last year with an explosion in Quebec where 47 people lost their lives, all from tankers carrying bakken crude oil. He says proof of that potential danger came a little closer to home on Friday when the 13 rail cars derailed at the Selkirk Rail Yard.
"The fact that these cars are susceptible to derailment has been known for some time," says Amato
According to CSX, those rail cars did not tip over or spill any oil. Amato says that’s little consolation to those living just feet away from where trains carrying big loads of bakken crude oil go by on a daily basis.
Amato has been part of the fight along-side many residents and leaders in the south end of Albany, who are searching for more answers about the tankers and their impact from global companies.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that he ordered inspections in the industry across the State. We're told they found several violations at the Kenwood Rail Yard near the Port of Albany.
Amato calls the governor's efforts window dressing because they're not addressing the possible health, safety and environmental impacts.
This article first appeared on wnyt.com
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