Public outcry against the so-called "Bomb trains" reached a fever pitch over the holiday weekend - as communities across North America marked the one-year anniversary of the crude oil train disaster in Quebec. In the heart of a Canadian town, 47 people were killed, thousands had to be evacuated and dozens of buildings were destroyed.
Names of the victims were read during several of the memorial gatherings in communities bordering rail lines where residents fear the next derailment, explosion or fire could affect in their neighborhood.
The federal government has ordered railroads to give states details about shipments of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken Shale region, but New York officials haven't decided whether to share that information with the public.
The Associated Press and eight environmental groups filed Freedom of Information Law requests with the state Office of Emergency Management this week. They argue that it's in the public interest for communities to know more about the shipments. There were eight major accidents during the last year, including one that killed 47 people in Quebec.
News10 ABC is reporting a duplex in Troy, New York caught fire early this morning. The fire began at 81 Fifth Avenue in Troy and quickly spread to the neighboring vacant building at 79 Fifth Avenue. Officials believe the fire was the result of kitchen fire on the second floor apartment. No injuries have been reported, the fire still remains under investigation.
The Fourth of July weekend is an important economic boon for one of upstate New York’s most popular vacation destinations.
Michael Consuelo, Executive Director of the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday afternoon, if you want to drive into town on Route 9, you’ll be sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
“It’s very promising, a lot of folks on the street, Million Dollar Beach is pretty crowded. We’re getting ready for a very busy weekend and it seems like some folks have really taken advantage of this nice weather,” said Consuelo.
General Electric has reportedly agreed to pay close to $8 million to settle a portion of five-year-old lawsuit brought by Saratoga County municipalities related to the company’s dredging on the Hudson River.