It’s obvious the Philadelphia Daily News editorial department doesn’t do its homework, otherwise it would not have tried to hype its readers into believing on its Tuesday front page story “Oil Rolling Through Philly, a Quebec-Like Roll Calamity Is Possible”.
This attempt to rally popular support to bar oil shipments rolling the rails through Philly makes no sense. Pennsylvania is enjoying a major natural-gas boom which is creating thousands of jobs not only in Marcellus Shale, but here as well. In case the Daily News staffers don’t know, we have long had oil refineries and a busy port terminal which brings in oil, which is transferred from tankers.
Delaware Valley industries have a long, stellar safety record in handling delicate cargoes. Our regional economy depends on them. If we can receive oil shipments from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, so much the better.
We ask the Daily News editors to tell if they have clocked such long trains of oil tankers and found them going faster than 35 miles an hour. Have they ever driven under the railroad bridge crossing over Aramingo at Lehigh Avenue? Every time we do, there are oil and chemical tank cars either rolling leisurely along or standing still. We only remember one minor tank spill back in the ’80s at that location and no one was blown up or sickened.
What are their reasons for deploying a scare tactic without foundation?