Navigation Links
Safety Threat to Rochester Still Remains Despite Approval Of Canadian Pacific's Railroad Acquisition Of DM&E
Date:9/30/2008

STB green light does not include measures to protect city against becoming

a high-speed rail corridor for coal and hazardous material shipments

ROCHESTER, Minn., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's ruling by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) granting Canadian Pacific Railway's acquisition of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad (DM&E) fails as usual to address the significant safety concerns raised by the Rochester Coalition.

After the acquisition was announced in Sept. 2007, Rochester officials and Mayo Clinic made numerous factual submissions to the STB citing significant environmental and safety risks created by increased speed and frequency of rail traffic and the shipment of ethanol and other hazardous materials on unsafe tracks. However, STB officials have ignored the requests for more thorough review and have ruled that it will require future assessment and oversight only if the Canadian Pacific decides to proceed with DM&E's controversial Powder River Basin (PRB) expansion.

"The Coalition has never opposed the Canadian Pacific's acquisition of DM&E. While not surprised by the ruling, we are nonetheless disappointed that our reasonable safety concerns weren't addressed. This failure to protect our community against increased rail traffic and speeds places us at significant risk," said Chris Gade, spokesman for the Rochester Coalition.

Members of the Rochester Coalition have opposed any increase in rail traffic by DM&E and CP through Rochester. "Our ultimate concern is protecting the safety of our community. More frequent train traffic through downtown Rochester increases the odds of a train derailment and disrupts emergency response vehicles. The higher speeds that these trains will travel increases the potential for a more serious derailment and the likelihood that these trains will carry hazardous materials makes the possibility of a terrible human tragedy a reality. It is unacceptable," said Dr. Dan Hankins, co-medical director of Mayo Clinic Medical Transport.

In 2002, a Canadian Pacific Railway train derailed near Minot, N.D., causing violent rupture to five tankers and spilling 220,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia. Roughly 11,600 people were evacuated or asked to stay in their homes. The plume of corrosive gas gradually expanded five miles downwind. More than 1,100 people were treated for chemical burns, mainly to their eyes, nasal passage, throat and lungs. The DM&E rail line runs through the city of Rochester within a few hundred yards of medical facilities, senior living centers and major businesses. Disaster preparedness officials in Rochester have said a similar accident to the one in Minot would be devastating, as hundreds or thousands of patients and vulnerable individuals would be unable to escape.

"Because of the STB's refusal to address our community's safety concerns, we will continue oppose any plan that would jeopardize our safety and vitality by increasing train traffic, speed, and shipments of hazardous materials," said Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede.

The Rochester Coalition continues to engage in an ongoing dialogue with officials from Canadian Pacific Railway, eager to hear specifics of their plans to ensure public safety and ensure the long-term economic vitality of southeastern Minnesota.

The Rochester Coalition represents the city of Rochester, Olmsted County, the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and Mayo Clinic. For more information, visit http://www.protectrochester.com.

Background

For more than a decade, DM&E has pursued a major rail expansion across southern Minnesota and South Dakota, hoping to haul large amounts of coal from Wyoming's Powder River Basin to power plants in the Midwest and East. Unable to secure private financing for the project, DM&E sought the largest federal loan to a private company in American history -- a $2.3 billion loan from U.S. taxpayers. On Feb. 26, 2007, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) denied DM&E's application, stating that the loan "would pose an unacceptably high risk" to federal taxpayers.

In early September 2007 the Canadian Pacific announced an agreement to acquire DM&E.

The Rochester Coalition is committed to protecting the people of Rochester and the patients and staff at Mayo Clinic as well as other affected communities. The Rochester Coalition represents the city of Rochester, Olmsted County, the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and Mayo Clinic.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Rochester Coalition
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. China-Biotics, Inc. Sees No Impact on Its Business From Dairy Products Safety Concerns
2. 27 National Nursing Organizations Join Together to Commission a Study of the Impact of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses on Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Effectiveness
3. Leapfrog Groups 2008 Top Hospitals Excel at Patient Safety
4. DIA/FDA/PhRMA Drug Safety Conference: Planning the Lifecycle of Safety Evaluation
5. Record Upsurge in States Child Safety Seat Usage Marks Child Passenger Safety Week
6. Home Safety Council(R) Applauds Creation of Falls Prevention Awareness Day
7. Underwriters Laboratories to Host Global Leadership Conference on Fire and Life Safety
8. Spansion Wins Gold Award for Occupational Safety and Health in Malaysia
9. Red Cross Urges Safety in Wake of Hurricane Ike
10. Safety Gear a Must to Prevent Kids Sports Injuries
11. Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Says Businesses Saved $300 Million With Workplace Safety Program
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/17/2017)... Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) , ... ... ... to Integrate FDA Device Approval and Reimbursement , **An FDAnews Webinar**, Feb. ... , What are the critical reimbursement questions manufacturers should be asking ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... Seattle, WA (PRWEB) , ... February 17, 2017 ... ... health management organizations, has been named a finalist in the 8th Annual DecisionHealth ... impacting America's healthcare delivery system. Qualis Health’s work is recognized across multiple award ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... Tx (PRWEB) , ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... revenue cycle management services, announced today that Karen Pilley has been promoted to ... is critical in today’s shifting healthcare paradigm – a shift that demands the ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Cancer ... Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference February 20 – 22 in San Francisco. As part of ... anatomic and molecular pathology workflow solution, as well as its new precision medicine ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... The Mason Pasquin Agency, ... and business owners in and around the Hampton Roads metropolitan region, is joining ... forms of domestic violence. , There are multiple categories of domestic violence – ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/17/2017)... 17, 2017 Research and Markets has announced the ... report to their offering. ... The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada ... Asia-Pacific , and Rest of World. Annual estimates and ... historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ST. LOUIS , Feb. 17, 2017   ... hospitals, has announced a new partnership with Engage ... the United States . FormFast will serve ... part of Engage,s implementations with MEDITECH .  ... that provides essential functionality to complement and enhance the ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... NEW YORK , Feb. 17, 2017  Noble ... coverage on ESSA Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: EPIX ... Biotechnology Research, Kumar Raja , PhD. ... treatments for castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Its lead ... selectively blocks the amino-terminal domain of the androgen receptor, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: