Nurses rally for public health concerns in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Nurses rallied at the Saratoga Springs Amtrak Station Wednesday to protest the over 200 fracking oil trains that pass through the station each day.

The New York State Nurses Association and local and state officials flooded the normally quiet station to draw attention to the dangers they said the oil trains could cause.

The protest comes on the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement provide local fire departments with more equipment for battling oil train disasters.

The nurses said the trains that pass through the area every day put the community at risk for potential explosions, leaks and derailments. They said more protections need to be put into place.

“They should not be allowed to carry anything that could explode, and that’s what they’re doing right now,” Althea Mullarkey with Scenic Hudson said. “A majority of the bock and crude that’s being carried down the Hudson River Valley in those cars.”

The rally took place in conjunction with the union’s convention taking place at the Saratoga Springs Hilton. It also commemorated the 47 people who died in a tragic oil train accident in Canada.

Several recent derailments and massive explosions in Canada, Alabama, North Dakota and West Virginia have drawn attention to fracking oil trains that pass through New York State.

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