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NY Will Strengthen Oversight Of Oil Shipping By Rail

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to strengthen the state's oversight of petroleum shipments by rail, citing devastating accidents in Quebec and North Dakota and the expansion of crude oil shipping through the Port of Albany.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the action at a legislative budget hearing Wednesday. He says Cuomo issued an executive order directing the Department of Environmental Conservation and other agencies to evaluate the state's spill prevention, response and inspection programs involving rail and ship transport of petroleum products.

The agencies are to report recommendations to Cuomo on April 30.  The state is asking the federal government to fast-track enhanced standards for transporting crude oil by rail and water to help prevent accidents.

(c) 2014 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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