Albany: Break Free activists sit on tracks to protest oil trains
ALBANY — Anti-fossil fuel activists are sitting on train tracks off Church Street in downtown Albany Saturday to protest oil trains.
They marched to the site, not far from the Port of Albany, after gathering at Lincoln Park to take part in a "Break Free From Fossil Fuels" protest, one of 20 similar demonstration scheduled on six continents and is the major action taking place in the Northeastern United States.
The activists in Albany are calling for an and to the oil trains that are a common sight on the railroads in downtown Albany. The protesters says the trains are a threat to the environment and community safety. Trains bring Bakken crude from North Dakota to Albany, where it is stored and transferred to barges and tankers to continue its trip to East Coast refineries.
The protesters plan to head to the Port of Albany to block crude oil trains., which have earned the nickname "bomb trains" after the catastrophic Lac-Megantic, Quebec, accident in 2013 where 47 died and a large portion of the town was destroyed when an unattended freight train carrying Bakken crude rolled into the center of town, derailed, exploded and caught fire.