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Cuomo asks for changes to crude oil transportation

Fairport, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's asking the White House to take swift action to make safety changes to oil transportation.

Coincidentally, it came on the same day a train carrying crude oil derailed in Virginia.

Crude oil is transported along the main railroad line in New York state, a line that travels across Main Street in the village of Fairport.

"During a normal day, there are usually 50 trains that travel through the railroad tracks," said Doug Sharp, manager of RV&E Bike and Skate, a store that sits on the south side of the railroad.

"It's 24-7 all day long, all night long," said Doris Ogden, whose side yard is the railroad. "If it derails, it will wipe this whole area out, especially those tankers that go by; they go fast."

Some of those tankers carry crude oil. 

New York state has become a central route from North Dakota to East Coast refineries. Due to this, Cuomo is asking for outdated rupture-prone tanker cars to be taken out of service, among other safety measures.

Sen. Chuck Schumer said he wants the U. S. Department of Transportation to set a rule making rail companies share information with first responders about hazardous materials being shipped.

Fairport Deputy Fire Chief Jay DeWitt said right now that is something that's known only after a derailment.

"Our immediate concern is we'll contact the engineer of the train," said DeWitt. "Doing that we'll get the manifesto, the paperwork from the train that will show us exactly what that train is carrying."

DeWitt also said that knowing when hazardous material is going through town beforehand would help expedite the response to any accident on the railroad.

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