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Crude Language: U.S. “Bomb Train” Regs Comment Deadline Sept. 30th

September 28, 2014

As the comment deadline on federal oil-by-rail regulations approaches — Tuesday, September 30th at 11:59 PM — you’ll want to make sure your voice is heard. Please comment right this minute while you think of it and then devote some time between now and Tuesday night urging friends, neighbors, colleagues and family to comment as well.  This issue affects not only everyone within the evacuation zone of “oil bomb” train routes, but also everyone impacted by toxic spills into wetlands and waterways, and by climate change — and that means everyone. Here is the scoop: first the basics, then the details.

Q. Where you can go to comment online?  A. You can send a letter quickly and easily from Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s link here.  You can send a comment just as quickly and easily from CREDO’s alert here.  To comment directly, without going to an organization’s alert first, read the regulations and comment on them on the federal government’s site here.

Q. Who can comment?  A. Every U.S. resident.

Q. To whom are comments directed?  A. U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT).

Q. What is the primary demand?  Immediate ban of DOT 111 rail cars for flammable liquids.

Why is this urgent?  Because oil trains threaten all of us!

Casselton, ND oil bomb train explosion, 2013

Bakken Shale oil “bomb train” explodes in Casselton, North Dakota (2013).

From the Delaware Riverkeeper Network Alert:

“As the transportation of crude oil and flammable liquids by tank cars on our railways expands beyond precedent, the nation is exposed to increasing safety risks, hazardous pollution, and the threat of catastrophe. A dramatic increase in derailments involving flammable liquids — crude oil and ethanol – has led to explosions, fires, oil and liquid gas spills, billions in damages, a host of injuries and even death. Yet the US Dept. of Transportation (USDOT) has proposed new regulations that are supposed to improve safety but largely let industry off the hook. And if you live anywhere near a rail line, you may be in the danger zone! (See the map at the link below).

We need you to send a letter to USDOT today to say we want ACTION. To start, we need: the immediate ban of DOT111 tank cars for flammable liquids; overhaul of tank car design, infrastructure and safety equipment; full disclosure and monitoring of what is being carried, where and when; and strict regulations that make public safety and environmental protection the priority, not the bottom line of oil and gas companies. Comment deadline is Sept. 30, 11:59 pm.

Please send a letter – find out how here: http://bit.ly/DRN-Tankcarstandards.”

2 Comments
  1. September 28, 2014 8:37 pm

    tamara clements ~ R@mbl€ ()n. l()¥€

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  2. Jeffrey Dubb permalink
    September 29, 2014 6:44 am

    I live in Philadelphia, less than a mile from the tracks. If there is a serious accident, how can we evacuate Center City, the U of P hospital complex, the Schuylkill expressway, etc.? We should not be routing these dangerous trains through the center of large urban areas.

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