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9/3/2015 4:45 AM
By Associated Press

AP survey: How cities are handling surge in oil trains

Mile-long trains carrying millions of gallons of crude have become a common sight in cities around the U.S., raising concern about the possibility of a catastrophic derailment near crowded neighborhoods or critical infrastructure.

In the wake of a half-dozen fiery crashes this year, The Associated Press surveyed nearly a dozen cities with populations of more than 250,000 to gauge how prepared they are to respond to an oil-train derailment.

Emergency officials in every city say they're aware of the threat and are taking steps to address it, but the level of preparedness differs from city to city.

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BUFFALO, NEW YORK

— City does not have an emergency plan that specifically addresses oil trains, but says it's developing one.

— City participated in tabletop exercise in 2015 sponsored by CSX and involving several agencies and contractors.

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