New Jersey Senate advances some oil train precautions

The New Jersey Senate has advanced some bills

The New Jersey Senate has advanced some bills for oil train precautions. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

TRENTON - A New Jersey state Senate committee has advanced bills that would require operators of trains carrying Bakken crude to have emergency plans in place and railroads to submit bridge inspection records.

The bills are in response to the growing number of trains carrying the volatile crude.

New Jersey officials have not made public how many trains are carrying the crude in New Jersey, though it's taken to refineries in Paulsboro and Linden and is transported on tracks in several counties.

There have been leaks and explosions elsewhere in North America as the trains have increased in frequency over the last few years. One in Canada in 2013 killed 47 people.

The Senate's Transportation Committee is also considering a resolution that would encourage Congress to limit to make stronger train regulations.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A house in Manalapan caught fire after it 1 House catches fire on Dancer Lane in Manalapan
On a busy Friday morning, just seconds before 2 Good Samaritan saves woman's life, gets robbed in Edison
The owner of Jewelry Expo in Union Township 3 Sleight-of-hand thieves steal $10K worth of jewelry
Officials say the 15-year-old jumped off a ledge 4 Police save teen from drowning in Prospect Park
5 Neighborhood Brief for April 30

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Bergen County residents say they are concerned about Residents concerned about weak rail bridge in Bergen County

Residents in Bergen County are concerned about a rail-bridge that carries oil tanker cars over

The Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains wants Group calls for more regulations for oil transport trains

A group of north Jersey residents are planning to rally against using trains to transport

A number of trains are now carrying Bakken Bergen devises plan in case of oil tanker emergency

Bergen officials met Monday to put a plan in place over tanker trains that are

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.