Christopherson Policy Brief Addresses Crude Oil Transport

News
March 7, 2014

In a recently published policy brief titled "Are we Unprepared for 'Pipelines on Rails'? Transport Risks and Policy Challenges," Susan Christopherson, professor in CRP, discusses the controversy around shipping crude oil from North Dakota and Alberta, Canada, to the Port of Albany via rail. The brief reviews the origins of the current surge in crude oil transport, the risks associated with moving this hazardous substance across the Great Lakes states into the Northeast, and how federal, state, and local governments are responding to prevent catastrophes such as that which occurred in July 2013 in Quebec, Canada, where an oil train derailed killing 50 people.

Christopherson was quoted in a New York Times article on the issue, titled "Bakken Crude, Rolling Through Albany" and in an article in The Journal News, "Cuomo urges better oil train oversight from feds after 2 derailments."