Poll: Are you worried about Bakken crude oil being shipped by rail through New Jersey towns?

South Jersey Times | February 20, 2015 | Column by Rebecca Forand

The fires have just recently been extinguished after three days of burning in West Virginia following a train derailment that caused a large fireball of flammable Bakken crude oil.

FILE - In this July 16, 2013, file photo, railroad oil tankers are lined up at the Port of Albany in Albany, N.Y. While the federal government has ordered railroads to give states details about shipments of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region, New York officials haven't decided whether to share that information with the public. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) (Mike Groll)

The highly volatile product, which is fracked out of the ground in North Dakota's Bakken rock formation, has led to a modern-day oil boon in the United States, with a massive increase in the shipment of oil throughout the country. This includes refineries in New Jersey, both in West Deptford in South Jersey and Linden in North Jersey.

With the oil being shipped by rail, many have called for stronger regulations on the railroad industry regarding infrastructure improvements, independent inspections of these rails and increased Department of Transportation standards for the tanker cars that carry crude oil.

What do you think? Are the railroads doing a good job of trying to keep everyone safe, or would you like to see more regulations and standards applied? Take our poll and let us know in the comments what your opinions are. 

Here's what some of our readers have said so far:

V for Real

Once again it a reaction instead of pro-action.. The legislators here in the article have seen these types of derailments in the past yet after all the hype they went back to their lazy ways until the next one. They use these issues for political exposure.


The environmentalists and their followers (especially those in Hunterdon County) need to bury a pipeline which is much safer.

Marion Camp Smith 

They need to build a refinery closer to where that crude is coming from and then ship the final product via rail or pipeline.

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