- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s new budget raises the state oil spill fund to $40 million amid the recent surge in railroad shipping and dangerous derailments, while leaving authority with the state comptroller.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed raising the cap on the cleanup fund from $25 million while transferring control to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

That money is used to immediately pay cleanup contractors, and cover costs when spillers don’t pay up later.

The fund is supported by shipping and storage fees.

The past few years have seen a major spike in U.S. shipments of oil from the Midwest and Canada.

Authorities say much of it is more volatile than normal, some is more dense and can sink in water and some is more difficult to remove.

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