Uprail communities urge Benicia to address oil train safety hazards
wynt.com July 31, 2014Albany residents have a new hotline to call if something doesn't smell right to them.
County Executive Dan Mccoy unveiled a 2-1-1 hotline on Wednesday that provides a way for the public to report strong odors at local rail terminals and at the Port Of Albany......
.......“This is a critical first step in addressing the concerns that nearby residents have regarding their exposure to potentially toxic pollutants associated with operations involving crude oil at the Port of Albany,” said Chris Amato of Earthjustice.....
Aug 5, 2014 David Schaffer | Star Tribune
.....Unlike the long trains of strictly tank cars passing through the Twin Cities, the Canadian National trains crossing the border bridge over the Rainy River at Rainer, Minn., are collections of tank cars and other freight cars.
“It is very concerning to people around here,” said Koochiching County Sheriff Brian Jespersen, who wants to host a meeting with regional officials this fall to discuss the issue. “Our biggest fear is if a train derails on the bridge and contaminates the water.”...... whole article here