BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Freight trains passing through New York are under greater scrutiny following accidents elsewhere involving the shipment of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state and federal authorities have been at busy rail yards and along railroad tracks in Buffalo and Albany this week as part of an inspection blitz.
At the Kenwood Yard in Albany and Frontier Rail Yard in Buffalo, inspectors found a handful of defective wheels and brake shoes on tank cars, findings considered typical.
Cuomo says the state is acting to safeguard communities from the potential risk of crude oil shipments.
Administration officials were in Washington a week ago to speak out against the increased transport of Bakken crude oil through the state following recent accidents in North Dakota and Quebec.
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