December 5, 2014 – 12:00 noon
WSJ: Oil Trains Hide in Plain Sight
Rail Industry’s Secret: Volatile Crude Routes Often Kept From Cities and Towns
Dec. 3, 2014:
Early last year, a new kind of pipeline full of volatile oil appeared in this college town, halfway between Philadelphia and Baltimore.
If it had been a traditional pipeline, there would have been government hearings and environmental reviews. There would be markers or signs along the line’s route and instructions for nearby residents on how to react in an emergency. A detailed plan for responding to a spill would be on file with the federal government.
Despite some high-profile accidents, finding the locations of oil-filled trains remains difficult, even in those states that don’t consider the information top secret, because there are no federal or state rules requiring public notice.