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DOT: 13 oil cars derail in Selkirk, crude oil concerns rise

Posted: Updated: March 2, 2014 07:28 AM

SELKIRK, N.Y. – Officials say 13 cars carrying crude oil derailed in Selkirk Friday night and the concerns over crude oil shipments coming through the Port of Albany here still high.

Congressman Paul Tonko said he has already called for some major changes.

"Yet another alarm sounded to make certain that action is taken," said Tonko.

On Wednesday Congressman Paul Tonko sent a letter to the Department of Transportation, calling for stronger safety standards for the transport of crude oil by rail through the Capital Region. Two days later, on Friday at the Selkirk Rail, 13 tank cars carrying crude oil derailed.

According to the NYS DOT, no oil spilled and no one was injured. However, Congressman Tonko says major changes need to be made. He wants cars carrying crude oil to be rerouted to avoid densely populated and environmentally sensitive areas. He also said he wants to see updated emergency response plans.

"There's a community right to know here especially from first responders and health care providers they need to know exactly what's being shipped and putting more pressure onto that process," said Tonko.

Concerns from the Community about the safety of the increase in crude oil shipments have been heard in recent weeks.

On Saturday, in a statement Kristin Seay CSX Spokesperson said "The train was traveling from Chicago to Philadelphia and was transporting crude oil. All cars remained upright and in-line with no leaks.  As of 2:30 p.m. today, all cars were re-re-railed and normal operations had resumed. The cause of the derailment is under investigation."

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