A coalition of environmental groups and city residents has filed a legal petition seeking a ban on older model rail tanker cars carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota to the Port of Albany.
The petition filed Tuesday by a group represented by Earthjustice asks Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens to issue an order prohibiting receipt of crude in DOT-111 tank cars at the port. The petition cites danger to city residents.
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The federal Department of Transportation has proposed gradually phasing out these cars, which are prone to rupture on impact and have been involved in a series of catastrophic explosions, fires and spills. Earthjustice has a legal case against the government for an emergency ban on the old cars.
Newer cars have thicker walls and other safeguards.