Ever notice black rail cars traveling through your neighborhood or idling along the Turnpike? These trains are likely carrying highly flammable Bakken crude oil through highly densely populated areas in New York and New Jersey. Due to lax regulations and lack of transparency, these oil trains put our communities and waterways at risk.
NY/NJ Baykeeper contributed to a Waterkeeper Alliance report concerning rail infrastructure, released November 2015. Click here to view the report. The good news is that the report is already causing change. Click here to learn how.
To better protect NJ’s emergency responders and the greater public, we requested the train routes and carried volumes from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. However, they claim they are unable to release the information due to security issues.
We’ve seen far too many derailments to take this issue lightly, so we’re working on:
- Working with a formed coalition of regional partners
- Demanding transparency from the Office of Emergency Management, the Governor’s office, and NJ Department of Transportation
- Educating the public about the risks and how they can take action
- Sign the petition banning stronger federal standards!
- Contact your Senator and Assemblypersons to demand safer oil by rail standards to keep you safe.
- Tell President Obama: We Demand Strong Regulations for Dangerous Oil By Rail. Sign the petition here.
- Click here for a fact sheet first responders in the event of an oil by rail emergency.
- NJ Gets No Federal Funds to Improve Safety on Rail Lines Carrying Oil Tankers, Scott Fallon, The Record, February 19, 2016
- Garrett Asks Feds for Inspection Documents on Oil Trains, Scott Fallon, The Record, October 8, 2015
- Northern Valley Mayors Discuss Rail Safety with State, Federal Leaders, Marc Lightdale, NJ.com, September 24, 2015
- Environmental Activists Urge North Jersey Residents to be Engaged on Oil Train Issue, Minjae Park, The Record, September 20, 2015
- NJ Guards Information on Oil Trains in State, Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press, September 3, 2015