We need to stand up to fossil fuel industry

Times Union | June 21, 2015 | LTE by Diana Wright

Fred LeBrun in his column “Will state get tough on rail shipments?” May 31, does an excellent job getting to the crux of the matter with the bomb trains: “Lamenting,” he says, “has its place, but prevention is better.” With the second anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic, Quebec explosion approaching on July 6, what have we learned?

We know the Canadian government got stuck with the nearly $3 billion bill including decontaminating the soil, soaked with 1.6 million gallons of crude oil. Thankfully, they are not located on a river like the Hudson.

We know DOT-111s are still carrying the equivalent of 2 million sticks of dynamite per car; some still go through downtown Albany and surrounding communities.

We know there is not enough foam in the entire state to put out a fiery explosion should one be triggered at the Port of Albany by one of the derailments that occur there.

And, finally, we know Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Environmental Conservation seem to feel powerless to stop this.

Here is a question: If I have an unexplained gas leak in my basement, the fire department comes over and immediately shuts off the gas to the house and evacuates everyone until the problem is fixed. So, why is it OK for these unsafe rail cars to continue to travel on antiquated rail lines when we know they have exploded and killed people? When are we going to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and tell them: No, your profits do not trump our lives and the environment?

Diana L. Wright

Albany

http://blog.timesunion.com/opinion/we-need-to-stand-up-to-fossil-fuel-industry/32745/

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