Riverkeeper Files Suit Over Crude Oil Trains

The environmental group Riverkeeper is suing the U.S. Department of Transportation over new regulations for oil trains. Paul Gallay, the President of the group, stated that they decided to file a law suit with the court of appeals after the various train accidents that have led to fires and explosions. According to the suit, Riverkeeper is claiming that under the new rules the DOT doesn’t inform communities when oil tank cars are traveling through their areas, freight trains carrying Bakken crude oil are allowed to go too fast when not in areas with higher populations, and many of the cars are outdates and remain in service for ten years. The environmental group also claims that the regulations are too weak and will take too long to enact change. Nearly 3 million gallons of crude oil travels through Rockland County a week, carried by over thirty trains along the CSX Railroad line. Recently Senator Charles Schumer proposed a bill that would require DOT cars to be slowly removed from service within two years. The DOT would not respond due to the active case.

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