NY’s Schumer proposes 2-year switch for safer oil and gas train cars

Associated Press

The New York Democrat says upstate communities the oil trains pass through remain at risk for explosions and contamination from derailments.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is introducing legislation to require railroads carry crude oil in studier tanker cars within two years, instead of later deadlines allowed in federal regulations announced last week.

The New York Democrat says upstate communities the oil trains pass through, including Albany, a major hub for shipments, remain at risk for explosions and contamination from derailments.

The legislation would require the Department of Transportation to establish new federal oil volatility and train safety standards and lower speeds in less populated areas.

Federal rules would phase out older tank cars for the crude oil considered most volatile by 2018.

The bill would require the change by 2017 for of oil as well as the next most volatile group.

The volatility comes from high natural gas content.

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