ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State and federal inspectors have completed a second round of safety checks of train tracks and oil tanker cars in an effort to prevent disastrous derailments and spills of volatile crude from North Dakota's Bakken region.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Thursday the inspection "blitz" is part of a proactive safety effort launched in January after several severe accidents across the U.S. and Canada.
The Port of Albany has become a major hub for shipment of North Dakota crude to coastal refineries.
On Wednesday, the state Department of Transportation inspected three rail yards around Albany and two in the Buffalo area. Federal Railroad Administration inspectors also participated. They found numerous non-critical issues that must be corrected.