Casey Asks Feds to Re-Route Oil Trains

Request follows two derailments in Pennsylvania, NTSB safety warning.

Following two oil train derailments in Pennsylvania in a month—including one over the Schuylkill River in PhiladelphiaSen. Bob Casey is asking federal transportation officials to look at re-routing such shipments away from populated areas. has the copy of the full letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

“The recent events in Pennsylvania and others across the country raise serious questions that need to be looked at to prevent future accidents,” Casey wrote. “Moving forward, I believe that concrete steps must be taken to examine the effectiveness of speed reductions and, where possible and feasible, rerouting of trains.”

Casey also asked for reduced speed  limits on oil-carrying trains, increased safety standards for their shipping cars, and increased resources to local emergency officials to deal with derailments.

The National Transportation Safety Board last month reported that oil train crashes risk a major loss of life, and also suggested improved route planning.

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  • matthew brandley

    MR casey . JUST shut your mouth already! its not going to happen! theres no other feeasible way to reroute these trains you stupid uneducated idiotic liberal! the single hulled tanker cars are now in the proccess of being fazed out of use as the new tanker cars are being built . They are double hulled with safety release ressure valves . The pbf refinery in de will no ,longer be using the older cars as of 4/1 this year. Now as far as the derailmaents. They happen and its not your responsability . Its the railroads. and to slow the train down creates bottlenecks for the railroads and every customer who expects deliveries of other products of other goods! Other frieght trains that are time sensitive use those lines! UPS, Tropicana ect. Again another cluless liberal that wants to put his nose in where it doesnt belong. CSX does need to replace all the bridges in the phila baltimore area that where built prior to 1900 . That I will agree with

  • matthew brandley

    BTW before anyone else comments on here, all the railroads in the country have just agreed this afternoon with the stb and the fra to increase track inspections and reduce speeds of oil trains though major cities effective imediately per article just posted on jacksonville business journal with link to more entailed article. So now all you libs can stop getting your panties in a bunch