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ADK Council weighs in against oil tankers park

Aug 20, 2015 7:32 am
Rick Karlin is reporting at Capitol Confidential the Adirondack Council is calling on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to stop a shipping company from its plan to use tracks deep in the Adirondack Park as a storage and inspection area for oil train tank cars. Plans by the Chicago-based Iowa-Pacific holdings to put the tanker cars on tracks in places like Tahawus [TAH-wuss], the site of a 19th century mine and a portal into the High Peaks area, poses a threat to the area’s waterways and wild nature. In a statement released Wed., Aug. 19, the Council allege there was no mention of oil tanker storage and an oil salvage facility as a use for the Saratoga and North Creek Railway when permission was granted to reopen in 2012. The tracks lead to a 19th century iron mine that was reopened by the federal government during World War II to obtain titanium for war ships. The rail line was abandoned from 1989 through 2011. The Adirondack Park is the world’s largest, intact, temperate deciduous forest ecosystem. It is the source of most of New York’s major rivers. It is a protected landscape that attracts 10 million visitors per year. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.