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Schumer wants tighter oil train standards

Jun 07, 2018 12:33 pm
The Mid-Hudson News Network reports that New York Senator Charles Schumer wants federal officials to “quickly finalize” volatility standards of rail shipments of crude oil. Schumer sounded off on the issue to the departments of Transportation and Energy after new data from the US Energy Information Administration emerged about crude oil shipments. “It finds that the amount of crude by rail moving throughout New York was declining, now is back on the rise,” Schumer said. “We have a bunch of accidents in the last few years… everyone of them has had Bakken crude in it, and the Federal Railroad Administration has cited high vapor pressure as one of the potential causes of these kinds of crashes.” CSX route maps show crude oil shipments move from western New York through the Mohawk Valley to the Capital Region and then south along the Hudson River to refineries in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. Currently, crude oil prices are $18.13 higher than a year ago. Read the full story at the Mid-Hudson News Network.