Over the summer, Iowa Pacific Holdings – owner of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway – announced its plan to store hundreds of decommissioned oil tanker cars on unused sections of track within the Adirondack Park. Much to the relief of environmentalists and those who live near the targeted tracks, it was recently reported that the company is currently exploring alternative uses for the rail lines that don’t involve tanker storage.
After the initial plan was announced, many people rose up against it, citing the potential for explosions and the eyesore that rusting cars would bring to a valued tract of land. Some even contacted Governor Cuomo to express their displeasure and to urge him to prevent the plan from being implemented.
Now, the railroad seems to have reconsidered its plan. Iowa Pacific is exploring the potential revenue stream that could be tapped by transporting material to New York City from Newcomb’s Tahawus mine, according to WAMC.
North Country Public Radio has also reported that some “open-topped hopper cars used to transport stone” may be stored on sections of seldom-used track.
WAMC cited a quote obtained by The Times Union from the Department of Environmental Conservation that said “We are happy to hear that the Saratoga and North Creek Railway is working to address the state and local communities’ concerns and is close to a deal to prevent oil tank car storage in the Adirondacks as we have been urging for the railway to do.”
What do you think about the likelihood that oil tanker cars will not be stored on sections of railroad in the Adirondacks? Are you in support of the alternate uses?