New Jersey Community Plans for Oil Train Disaster

The North Jersey township of Teaneck is examining its emergency preparations for an oil train disaster such as the one that killed nearly 50 people in Quebec in 2013.

The Record reported that Larry Robertson, the township’s emergency management coordinator, had a simple message for residents: in the event of a crude oil train catastrophe, get out.

Robertson estimated that should a leak, spill, fire, or explosion occur, about 8,000 residents who live in a half-mile radius of the site would need to evacuate, the report said.

According to the report, Teaneck is seeking to acquire a townwide loudspeaker system to alert residents of emergencies and their location.

About 15 to 30 trains carrying Bakken crude oil from North Dakota travel through New Jersey’s Bergen County on the CSX River Line each week bound for a nearby refinery, the report said.


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