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NY/NJ Baykeeper fights for access to fishable, swimmable, clean waterways across the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.
NY/NJ Baykeeper continues to be at the forefront of many environmental advocacy and legal campaigns.
The NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, also known as the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, is a system of waterways and habitats that form one of the most intricate natural harbors in the world. Since 1989, NY/NJ Baykeeper has worked to protect, preserve and restore the environment of the most urban estuary on Earth.
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You may have driven by a long train full of black tanker cars and wondered what it was carrying and where it was going. More than likely it is full of crude oil from the Bakken fields in Canada or the western part of the US. These are the same tankers that have been in the news recently because of derailments and explosions.
We don’t want history to repeat itself.
The spike in crude oil shipments have has led to the loss of 47 lives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in July 2013, along with countless derailments in Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, and more. Oil trains pass through the densely populated environmental justice communites of Newark, Linden, and Elizabeth, New Jersey on a daily basis and we refuse to let a disaster happen in our communities.
Our communities deserve the highest level of safety and the right to know when hazardous materials are being transported through their neighborhoods.
What NY/NJ Baykeeper Is Doing:
NY/NJ Baykeeper is working on educating the public and elected officials on the risk of crude oil by rail and what we can do to mitigate the risks. We’ve met with Senator Booker and Senator Menendez’s staff, as well as various NJ Congressman in order to build support for safer oil by rail transport to protect our waterways and environmental justice communities. Within a coalition of regional organizations, NY/NJ Baykeeper demands more transparency, increased public safety standards and better emergency response plans for these shipments.
What YOU Can Do:
Write a letter to your elected officials demanding the following safety demands:
The Record: Oil Trains
Decision Time in Teaneck on whether to Zone for High-Density Housing Near Railroad
Senate Moves Bill Requiring Oil Train Owners to File Cleanup Plans for Potential Spills in NJ
Bridge Carrying Oil Trains Over Reservoir To Be Replaced
Closter Rally Against Oil Trains Makes Case at Reservoir
Derailed Oil Train Continues to Burn in Illinois
Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails in Canada
Oil Train Blast Zone