N.J. Senate prepares for crude oil rail disaster

Published: June 17, 2015

oil-train-railTrenton, N.J. – While admitting that their hands are largely tied, New Jersey lawmakers on Monday, June 15, took steps to better prepare the state in the event of a catastrophic oil train accident.

“There is not a whole lot we can do to regulate rails going through our area because they are primarily regulated by the federal government, and I use the word regulated in quotes sometimes,” said state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen). “The federal government has predicted that we will see… explosions and disasters with increasing frequency as more oil is shipped to refineries.”

The state Senate’s Transportation Committee approved three measures on the issue.

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