January 27, 2014

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 27, 2014

Train cargo

TO THE EDITOR: I’m wondering: Have people in our region who live along the Montreal to New York City train line noticed that the majority of the rail traffic now seems to be oil-tanker cars?

Research reveals that those tankers are full of fracked oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, traveling across southern Canada on its way south to a refinery in New Jersey.

Regulators have found that this fracked Bakken crude is highly volatile and flammable, making tanker cars that transport it particularly hazardous.

So I am also wondering if all the first-responders along the railroad line have adequate training and equipment to protect us, should an incident like the one that happened just north of us in Quebec occur.

And is there an alternative? Not Keystone. If built, that will carry tar-sands oil from Alberta, not this oil. Other pipelines? Watch the news almost each day: they, too, have significant safety and contamination issues.

Is it fair to say “put this problem in somebody else’s back yard”? I don’t think so.

For those folks who protest: “If you use any oil or gas, it’s not right to keep it from others.” My response is, you are absolutely right. So let’s now all start thinking seriously about reducing and eventually eliminating, over time, our reliance on fossil fuels.

That could help protect our back yards and the planet.




Citizen responsibility

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing as a responsible citizen and taxpayer in the Beekmantown School District and concerned proponent for business development in the North Country.

First of all, I understand the concerns of retirees from the Beekmanton School District. However, the overall financial health of the district and its residents and our responsibility to our children and taxpayers are the bigger picture.

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