There will be a public education meeting on the crude oil transport through the Towns, down the Hudson River, and soon in the Pilgrim Pipeline.
To explain the risks we face, talk about legal action being taken, answer questions and help us decide what we can do:
· Dan Shapely, Riverkeeper,
· Sandy Steubing, PAUSE (People of Albany United for Safe Energy)
· Roger Downs, Sierra Club
Trains and barges carrying very volatile Crude Oil from Bakken Shale in North Dakota into the Port of Albany and then down the Hudson, through our towns pose a real and present danger to our towns, to the Hudson River and beyond. Permits are being requested in Albany to add Tar Sands from Alberta, Canada!!
In just over the past year, major Bakken crude oil train derailments resulted in:
· July 2013 - the death of 47 people and the total destruction of several square blocks in the village of Lac-Megantic, Quebec;
· November 2013- an intractable spill in fragile wetlands in Aliceville, Ala.;
· December 2013 - the evacuation of thousands of people living within a five-mile radius after a fireball spewed caustic smoke in Casselton, N.D;
· January 2014 - an explosive fire in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick.
· In NY There have been "near misses" including
o Dec. 2012 - grounding of the Stena Prmosrsk Tanker on the Hudson;
o Nov 2103 - crash of an oil train and a truck in West Nyack;
o Dec 2014 - derailment of an oil train in Cheektowaga;
o Feb 2014 - derailment in the town of Ulster!!
KEEP IT IN THE GROUND! The same type of crude oil, carried by the same type of train cars involved in these derailments, are traveling through
New York State and Saugerties today. Barges carrying crude move daily down the Hudson. Albany is a major crossroads for highly volatile North Dakota crude oil. A fourth of the oil produced in North Dakota's Bakken shale arrives in Albany. CSX trains then run south along the western shore of the Hudson River, passing through Albany, Greene, Ulster, Orange and Rockland counties on their way to refineries in New Jersey. A daily barge carrying this volatile crude oil makes its way down the Hudson.
The dramatic expansion in crude-by-rail is just the beginning. Future plans include shipping "impossible to clean up" tar sands oil from Canada. And most shipments are destined for export. They are an accident waiting to happen. There is no safe transport. Trains derail and explode. Pipelines leak. Barges run aground and puncture. Any adequate clean up is impossible.
AND a pipeline is being planned down the NY Thruway corridor!!
THIS IS AN ISSUE WHICH CAN EFFECT US ALL! PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS IMPORTANT DISCUSSION AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.