Protect the Adirondacks! has put a new video online, titled "Don't trash the Adirondacks," that looks to push state action to end the ongoing importation of out-of-service tanker rail cars
The six-minute video raises a number of new concerns, including the stability of the Hudson River railroad trestle that the cars have crossed to get to their storage areas. Problems with the trestle could result in the cars being stuck on the north side of the river, opponents say.
Peter Bauer, director of Protect the Adirondacks!, estimated that 80 tank cars have been brought in, 40 put on tracks along the Boreas River and 40 near the Opalescent River.
The video includes supervisors from Essex and Warren counties, representatives of environmental groups and a rafting guide, talking about the potential environmental impact and imploring the state to take action.
"We need Governor Cuomo to show some leadership," Bauer said on the video.
The video on YouTube includes a link to a Change.org petition calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take action to halt the storage. A link to the video and petition can be found here.
Track owner Saratoga & North Creek Railway has said it is within its rights to store the cars, and it needs the revenue for track maintenance. The company says the cars have been cleaned, and it may bring in up to 2,000.
-- Don Lehman