I invite you to visit Riverkeeper.org and learn about the immediate risks we are already facing. From the Riverkeeper webpage - a call to action:
"Support Riverkeeper’s call for a moratorium on crude oil transportation through New York State by calling on Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to (1) ban, with an emergency order, the use of DOT-111 cars for transporting crude oil, (2) implement NTSB safety recommendations on crude oil transport, and (3) immediately open a public process for developing new rules and regulations governing oil transportation."
On a personal note, I live within walking distance from the CSX rail line and am experiencing the rapid increase in crude oil transport trains as real events ~ daily. One afternoon while waiting at a crossing around the corner from my house, I counted 98 cars streaming by! When I sleep at night I no longer feel comfort when I hear train whistles. Instead I sleepily think: is that another "black trainload"? Are we safe?
Please visit the Riverkeeper page and take a moment to send your own letter/comments to Transportation Secretary Foxx. Then share this information with others! Especially your friends and family who live near the CSX line!
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