U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D) NY, is demanding that billion dollar oil companies pay the cash to replace or refurbish oil tank cars known as DOT- 111 cars that transport oil across the nation, which have been known to derail.
In fact, on December 10, 2013 nearly half-a-dozen rail cars derailed in Cheektowaga. Nothing leaked and there were no reports of injuries but Schumer says that the DOT-111 is dangerous.
The Federal Department of Transportation and the Association of American Railroads recently dropped the speed limit for those cars from 50 to 45 miles per hour in the Buffalo area and New York City. However, Schumer is pushing for those limits to also include other highly populated areas like Rochester.
Schumer ultimately wants oil companies to discontinue use of the cars by July 2014.
"They don't have to buy brand new oil cars. The retrofitting of these oil cars costs in the thousands of dollars but that's not that expensive given all the profits they're making on this new oil they found in North Dakota, so they can do it," said Schumer.