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Buffett subsidiary to remove rail cars from Adirondack preserve

A railroad company owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has agreed to remove its rail cars from New York's Adirondack Forest Preserve.

Environmentalists and state officials had objected to plans by railroad companies, including Berkshire Hathaway's Union Tank Car Company, to store derelict oil-tank railcars on a roughly 22-mile rail line that runs from the ski resort hamlet of North Creek to an early-19th century iron mine set deep into the forest.

The state is pursuing legal action against the owner of the line, Iowa Pacific Holdings, but the Adirondack Council launched a letter-writing campaign focused on Buffett.

The Union Tank Car announced Tuesday it would by next month remove its 65 cars from the line and find another location for them, according to the council.

Berkshire Hathaway owns The Buffalo News and Buffett is the newspaper’s chairman.

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