PORT HENRY — Canadian Pacific Railway officials agree with Sen. Charles Schumer that DOT-111 tank cars should be taken off the rails.
"And we agree with him on a continued urgency to raise tank-car standards and remove older-style tank cars,” Canadian Pacific spokesman Ed Greenberg said by email Wednesday afternoon.
He said Canadian Pacific will urge the retrofitting or complete phase-out of the old tank cars.
“In addition, Canadian Pacific has taken steps to encourage shippers to work towards an upgraded tank-car standard for crude-by-rail shipments by introducing a new rate structure for all crude shipments in any car type other than the safest cars," Greenberg said.
"This involves a surcharge on older tank cars moving crude shipments.”
Greenberg said Canadian Pacific believes upgraded tank cars are the best investments to enhance safety and is encouraging the shipping industry to adopt safer tank-car technologies as quickly as possible.
“Canadian Pacific also has been working with shippers to have them adhere to all regulations, including the proper labeling of the product being loaded into tank cars.”
As for the speed limits, Canadian Pacific’s Federal Railroad Administration-approved regulated track speed through Plattsburgh currently does not exceed 25 mph, which is below the 40 mph announced last week, Greenberg said.
“In addition, Canadian Pacific has taken additional measures to enhance safe train operations, including increasing track inspections throughout our Northeast corridor, strengthening internal operating rules and investing billions of dollars into track infrastructure throughout our network.”
Track maintenance is underway now in many areas of Canadian Pacific’s line, including daily crews working out of the Port Henry yard.
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Greenberg said Canadian Pacific Chief Executive Officer E. Hunter Harrison has called for an immediate halt to using older tank cars not built to the highest standards.