ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – After seeing several tragic incidents involving crude oil trains in the news, Albany residents have grown concerned about oil tankers moving through the Port of Albany.
Thursday evening the community organization PAUSE, People of Albany United for Safe Energy, will join community leaders, environmentalist, and concerned citizens to protest on getting these trains out of New York State.
Officials say the explosion in West Virginia caused by a derailment has prompted residents to protest because the same rail cars carrying the same explosive oil come through their backyard, every day.
NEWS10ABC spoke with a member of PAUSE who says after protesting tonight, they will speak in front of Common Council. Their goal is to encourage the city to adopt Albany County’s and several other counties plans on banning crude oil trains in the Empire State.
County Executive Dan McCoy has been very outspoken on the topic, calling for tougher regulations and more communications from rail companies to the county.
Protestors will gather at the steps of City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to object the continued presence of explosive Bakken crude oil trains in Albany. The Common Council starts at 7 p.m.