Rail Cars

Line of oil tankers along the Boreas River
Brendan Wiltse Photography / Adirondack Council

Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York state would take action to stop Iowa Pacific Holdings from storing rail cars in the Adirondacks. Along with issuing a cease and desist order and filing a petition with the federal Surface Transportation Board, the state asked the company that owns many of the cars to cancel its contract and remove them.  On Tuesday, Berkshire Hathaway agreed to that request.

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Protect the Adirondacks

A railway equipment leasing company has ordered removal of all of its railcars from tracks in New York's Adirondack Park.

Union Tank Car says removal of approximately 65 tank cars is expected to be completed by mid-January. The empty cars had been temporarily placed on rail lines controlled by Iowa Pacific Railroad until they could be returned to service.

Line of oil tankers along the Boreas River
Brendan Wiltse Photography / Adirondack Council

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been outlining the priorities in his upcoming State of the State address.  This week he announced that his eighth proposal for 2018 is action to stop rail car storage in the Adirondack Park.

Line of oil tankers along the Boreas River
Brendan Wiltse Photography / Adirondack Council

Over the course of the year, controversy has flared over Iowa Pacific Railway and its subsidiary the Saratoga North Creek Railroad’s storage of rail cars on sidings in the Adirondacks.  The Adirondack Council is now asking billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett to intervene.

Old railroad cars on tracks outside of North Creek
Protect the Adirondacks

Some Adirondack environmental organizations are raising concerns over a plan by a railroad to store unused rail cars along tracks it leases in Warren Country.  The environmentalists say leaving the boxcars would degrade the wilderness stability and beauty of the Adirondacks.

New Oil Train Rules Elicit Different Concerns

May 4, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Transportation Friday issued regulations aimed at improving safety for trains carrying crude oil and other hazardous materials.  The rules come following a number of oil train derailments in the U.S. and the deadly 2013 tragedy in Quebec.

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Canada will require a three-year phase out of the type of tank cars involved in the Quebec train derailment last summer that killed 47.