Payne Participates in Jersey City Workshop on Unsafe Oil Trains

Payne Participates in Jersey City Workshop on Unsafe Oil Trains

Jersey City, N.J. – Yesterday, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) participated in a community workshop on unsafe oil trains in Jersey City, where he discussed his legislation to improve tank car safety.

“Every day, tank cars carrying highly flammable crude oil make their way through New Jersey, weaving through residential areas and passing by schools, homes, and businesses,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “There is a clear need to ensure the safe transport of flammable liquids, and my Tank Car Safety and Security Act aims to do just that.”

Tank car derailments have been an ongoing problem throughout the United States, including in New Jersey. In 2014, there were three major derailments and seven “serious” incidents in the U.S., up from five serious incidents in 2013, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. There have been at least six oil train accidents in North America so far this year. The Tank Car Safety and Security Act of 2015, introduced by Congressman Payne, Jr. earlier this year, would strengthen the safety standards for DOT-111 tank cars that transport flammable liquids.

“Jersey City has done an excellent job hosting workshops on safety preparedness for crude oil delivery,” added Congressman Payne, Jr. “This event is a tremendous opportunity to discuss the state of tank car safety. We need to continue taking proactive steps to educate our communities about tank car safety and the measures being proposed and implemented around the issue.”

Congressman Payne, Jr. was joined at the workshop by Jersey City Office of Emergency Management Director Greg Kierce, Councilwoman-At-Large Joyce Watterman, Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains founder Paula Rogovin, Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman, and Hudson County Freeholder Gerald Balmir. The event was hosted by the South Greenville Neighborhood Association and Councilwoman-At-Large Watterman at the Greenville Library Auditorium.