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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Another train hauling crude derails - still no action from Corbett

Another train hauling crude derails - still no action from Corbett

Governor must take 5 steps to protect public safety
John Hanger

Harrisburg – John Hanger renewed his call today for Governor Corbett to improve the safety of trains hauling crude oil through Pennsylvania, as yet another train derails in Pennsylvania. Today an oil train derailed in Vandergrift slamming into a metals business.

“For 24 days since the January 20th derailment in the heart of Philadelphia of a train transporting highly volatile North Dakota crude, Corbett has not lifted a finger to improve the safety of crude train transport and to protect the communities along the rail lines from catastrophe,” said Hanger. “Today’s crude oil train derailment in Vandergrift shows yet again that oil train transport in Pennsylvania threatens public safety every hour of every day. Despite accidents that are piercing warnings, Governor Corbett continues to do nothing.”

“On the day of the Philadelphia accident, I called for Corbett to move swiftly on a five-step priority agenda to keep Pennsylvanians safe,” said Hanger.

Here are those actions.

First, convene a statewide emergency meeting of industry, state and local officials and first responders to elevate this issue to top priority and assign responsibilities and actions. The governor should demand the attendance of the chief executives of the railroad companies transporting oil in Pennsylvania;

Second, demand that all North Dakota crude transported through Pennsylvania be carried in puncture-resistant tankers;

Third, demand a reduction of speed limits for oil-trains;

Fourth, insist on an immediate inspection of the entire rail network over which this crude is moving, and,

Fifth, impose an emergency fee on each tanker hauling crude to fund the training and outfitting of first responders.

“So far the Governor has been more concerned about the impact that any extra safety measures might have on the railroad and the oil and gas industries,” said Hanger. “His priorities are just wrong. While Pennsylvania waits for the governor to act, the clock keeps ticking, and as this latest derailment shows, Governor Corbett's inaction puts the safety of thousands of Pennsylvanians at risk.”

Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania John Hanger is widely regarded as one of the most insightful and best informed progressive public policy experts in the state. Formerly a public-interest lawyer advocating on behalf of low-income families, John is nationally recognized as a leading authority on clean energy development and environmental protection. He served both Governors Casey and Rendell in key positions: first for Bob Casey as Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission, where he successfully fought to cap electric rates to save Pennsylvania ratepayers billions and for two years as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in the Rendell Administration. Throughout his career in public service, John has embodied the essence of his campaign slogan "Policy first, politics second."


Anonymous said...

It's the 21st century.

With all the technology and the experts... how are people still tipping over trains?

Anonymous said...

so what do they want Corbett to do??? seriously accidents happen from human mistakes... trains need to run. clean up and move on..

Anonymous said...

Is this crude oil more dangerous than gasoline?

Anonymous said...

I think Mr. Hanger outlines what steps need to be taken. Wait until it happens in your backyard or affects one of your family members then maybe you will appreciate the need for prevention and caution

Anonymous said...

Hanger reminds me of an ambulance chasing lawyer.

Anonymous said...

All these trains derailing sounds fishy to me. Makes me wonder if the people who hate oil and gas companies are doing something to set this sort of accident up. Then they can complain how bad it is!

Anonymous said...

1;49 accidents happen it's part of life.. yes i would be upset but it is what it is... an accident.. they will clean it up and everyone will be taken care of ...

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Rolling Bombs of Fiery Black Death
By Christian A. DeHaemer | Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Christian A. DeHaemer

Last July, a runaway oil train derailed and exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-M├ęgantic, engulfing the town in a flaming black ball of death, killing 47 people, and destroying half of the town center.

Then, last month, a 104-car oil train struck another train in Casselton, North Dakota, sending fireballs high into the sky as cars piled on each other and exploded. No one died, but 2,000 people fled in fear of toxic smoke.

Ask the people whose friends and relatives who were incinerated by these oil trains if something should be done. Or are you waiting your turn to be cleaned up?

Anonymous said...

All these ambulance chasers are clear. Don't produce crude or gas here and don't transport it here. Do us a favor and never use an internal combustion engine or heat your home again.

Anonymous said...


Your "love it or leave it" attitude is bankrupt. Some of us realize we can have the best of both if we actually fund the people that oversee safety and regulations.

What the industry sold you as "job killing regulations" (read that as: profit dampening regulation)

Same crap, different day.

Try rubbing a couple of those brain cells together 925.

Maybe you can come up with your own thoughts instead of regurgitating the same tired out lines over and over.

Anonymous said...

After researching all canidates and their agendas, John Hanger's definitely the best choice. He's got our vote. We want to live as green as possible without being surrounded by pollution. I say this AFTER , we had to move because a neighbor who leased his land to the frackers ruined OUR water, health & life styles. Our land value PLUMMETED. Who wants to live in a toxic chemical dump? Not us.

Anonymous said...

These "articles" just seem like PR press releases from his campaign office. Free advertising for the guy.