A report commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on crude oil transportation safety recommends a slate of actions at the state and federal levels to help prevent disasters like those that have occurred in other states and Canada.
Cuomo sent the report to the White House Wednesday along with a letter urging swift action on four priority measures, including removing outdated rupture-prone tanker cars from service.
Also Wednesday, Sen. Charles Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue a rule that rail companies must share information with local first responders about the types of hazardous materials being shipped.
New York has become a central route for rail transport of crude oil from North Dakota to coastal refineries, with tens of millions of gallons passing through daily.