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New York Considers Releasing Oil Train Details

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The federal government has ordered railroads to give states details about shipments of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken Shale region, but New York officials haven't decided whether to share that information with the public.

The Associated Press and eight environmental groups filed Freedom of Information Law requests with the state Office of Emergency Management this week. They argue that it's in the public interest for communities to know more about the shipments. There were eight major accidents during the last year, including one that killed 47 people in Quebec.

The state agency said it will respond to the information requests within 20 days.

Crude oil is hauled into New York from the Midwest en route to coastal refineries, much of it coming to the Port of Albany.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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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