New Jersey bill would disclose oil train information

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A crude oil train heads for coastal refineries from the Bakken oilfields of North Dakota.
Chase Gunnoe
TRENTON, N.J. — A bill that would require railroads to share information about crude-by-rail shipments in New Jersey is headed to the desk of Gov. Chris Christie, North Jersey.com reports.

The proposed bill, which has been stalled in the legislature for more than a year, would require CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern to file detailed emergency response plans with state, county and city agencies located along railroad routes that oil trains operate. It would also require railroads to share information about oil train routings.

While the state legislature has passed the measure, Gov. Christie and his staffers must first review the bill before it can be signed into law. The governor fought against an earlier version of the bill in 2015.

Local firefighters and labor groups representing first responders are supporting the bill because they believe that disclosing the information is the only way they can prepare for a potential incident. According to the article, it is estimated that anywhere from 5 to 15 oil trains run through New Jersey each week.

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