Cuomo signs executive order for oil train oversight

Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Tuesday asking five state agencies to strengthen oversight of oil trains through New York.

Cuomo ordered the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Transportation, the Division of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to more closely monitor trains carrying crude through the state.

The executive order directs state agencies to pressure the federal government to upgrade tanker car safety and risks. By April 30, Cuomo has requested a report on the state's ability to prevent and respond to rail and water accidents involving petroleum products as well as recommendations of administrative changes that will be needed to better prepare the state for the influx of oil trains.

Oil trains use about 1,000 miles of New York's 3,500 miles of rail. The order mentions the rapid increase of oil transportation, including at the Port of Albany.