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Trains Carrying Oil Through Bergen County Pose Potential Threat

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Some Bergen County residents are concerned with the fact that massive rail convoys of crude oil are being carted southbound through their town to waiting refineries in Philadelphia and Edison.

EMS officials like Jim Winters of Closter, New Jersey say that when oil trains roll by the county water supply at Oradell Reservoir, possible accidents are a very real concern.

“They might catch on fire, the possible leakage of it just into the water alone, the environmental part of that we also have to worry about, not just the fire part if God forbid something like that happened,” he said.

While there haven't been any accidents like this in Bergen County to date, one last year in Quebec killed nearly 50 people and a recent derailment in Virginia resulted in a big oil spill.

New York State says that about 30 of these trains roll south out of New York through Bergen County per week, but the Garden State isn't speaking on the topic at all.

An EMS employee cited security as a reason for staying mum, but Attorney Bruce Rosen said the Christie administration has been rejecting a wide variety of OPRA requests.

“They are withholding things that should ordinarily be turned over. They're making people jump through hoops for information that should be readily available,” he said.

 

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