Schumer calls on regulators to make crude oil safer for transport

April 19, 2017 11:50 PM

Sen. Chuck Schumer wants regulators to make crude oil -- which is transported via trains through neighborhoods locally -- safer for transport.

Schumer is calling for the federal government to finalize new regulations on trains that carry crude oil across our area.

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The senator spoke in Batavia where a train derailed during last month's windstorm. Schumer says while this particular train was not carrying crude oil, the tracks there are no stranger to trains that do carry the highly flammable Bakken crude.

Schumer says companies could refine the crude oil in North Dakota -- thus making it less volatile. But instead the oil is shipped unrefined to Canada. And Schumer says that puts everyone in between at risk.

Sen. Schumer says, "Require out at the well heads in North Dakota that they do this early refining process, burn off the most volatile stuff, and that will make the oil that goes through our towns and cities far less volatile and far less dangerous."

Schumer also talked about new regulations that will make improvements to tank car design standards and enhance communication with local first responders.


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