Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state has completion of another round of targeted crude oil tank car and rail inspections. State and federal teams examined 453 crude oil tank cars and approximately 148 miles of track in these inspections, and found 93 defects, including seven critical safety defects that required immediate corrective action, and two hazardous materials violations.
The rail inspections are part of a state effort to ensure that the public is protected from the potential dangers associated with the transport of crude oil by freight rail companies.
Gov. Cuomo said:
“The importance of these inspections is underscored both by the recent rash of derailments and explosions involving crude oil trains in other states, as well as the current lack of tough regulations, which only Washington has the authority to impose. In the meantime, we will continue to remain vigilant and work with all partners to make sure that crude oil is transported safely across the state.”