Thu March 27, 2014

Increase in ND oil rail traffic through NYS raises safety concerns

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) worker at rail yard inspection
Credit New York State Department of Transportation / Innovation Trail

A clear and present danger hiding in plain sight.

That’s how Cornell University’s Susan Christopherson describes the oil train traffic through the state.

A massive explosion caused by a runaway oil train in Quebec in July last year has raised awareness about the levels of flammable material being shipped by rail.

The professor of city and regional planning says New York State finds itself with a mobile oil problem.

The crude oil transported across New York is from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota, the country’s second largest oil producing state.

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Fri March 21, 2014

Oswego County nuclear plants will soon replace public warning system

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 8:57 am

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group and Entergy are working together to replace the sirens surrounding the nuclear plants.
Constellation Energy Group

Oswego County's three nuclear energy facilities will soon begin a project to replace the county's aging public warning system.

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, which owns the two Nine Mile Point nuclear plants, and Entergy, which owns the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant, will invest more than $1.5 million to replace the existing sirens in the ten mile radius around the plants.

Jill Lyon, with Constellation, says the sirens are currently used by several groups.

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Mon March 17, 2014

Railway art display

Art Bridge panorama of Ashokan resevoir
Jenna Flanagan Innovation Trial

New York’s freight rail lines pass through numerous towns and communities; functional and often unsightly infrastructure that communities just have to live with. The mid-Hudson city of Kingston is taking a novel approach and transforming one of its railway overpasses into an artistic focal point with the ArtBridge project.

Anyone traveling east to west on Kingston’s Broadway may notice two murals hanging on either side of the railway overpass.

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