Scenic Hudson Says Newburgh Train Derailment Underscores Grave Risk

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 -- Scenic Hudson

Newburgh Freight Train Derailment, March 2017 (Scott Snell, XFactor Aerial)

Newburgh Freight Train Derailment

Newburgh Freight Train Derailment, March 2017 (photo: Scott Snell, XFactor Aerial)

Scenic Hudson Director of Environmental Advocacy Hayley Carlock stated that a 77-car train carrying hazardous materials including sulfuric acid that derailed in Newburgh yesterday is cause for deep concern. “The accident was in the immediate vicinity of Global Companies’ oil terminal. Fortunately, authorities reported that no hazardous material leaked, and the train was not carrying any explosive Bakken crude. However, we may not be so lucky next time.

“This incident underscores the enormous risks that Hudson Valley communities bear from the transport of crude oil along the river. Had there been even a small leak or fire, it could have spread to the nearby oil storage tanks and created an extremely dangerous situation. What’s more, if oil had reached the river a short distance away, even with quick deployment of spill response teams, only up to 15 to 25 percent of the oil would have been recoverable,” added Ms. Carlock.

Hayley Carlock is reachable at 845 473 4440, ext. 210, or hcarlock@scenichudson.org