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File #: 150129-A    Version: Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/19/2015 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/12/2015
Title: Urging Congress and the United States Department of Transportation to release specifications for tank car design and for Philadelphia rail companies to rapidly upgrade and replace crude oil tank cars.
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Neilson, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Tasco, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Council President Clarke, Councilmember O'Brien, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 150129-A01, As Amended on Floor.pdf, 2. Signature150129-A01.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsVideo
3/12/20151 CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED   Action details Not available
3/5/20150 CITY COUNCIL READ   Action details Not available
3/5/20151 CITY COUNCIL AMENDED   Action details Not available
3/5/20151 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON FINAL PASSAGE CALENDAR FOR NEXT MEETING.   Action details Not available
2/19/20150 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and Ordered Placed On Next Week's Final Passage CalendarPass  Action details Not available
Title
Urging Congress and the United States Department of Transportation to release specifications for tank car design and for Philadelphia rail companies to rapidly upgrade and replace crude oil tank cars.

Body
WHEREAS, The volume of crude oil carried by rail increased 423% between 2011 and 2012 and volumes continued to increase in 2013, as the number of rail carloads of crude oil surpassed 400,000. Philadelphia had a near disaster when a train derailed on January 20, 2014; and

WHEREAS, Two unit trains, each approximately comprised of 120 tank cars, both carry domestic crude oil into Philadelphia every day from North Dakota's Bakken Shale which is potentially more volatile, corrosive and flammable than other types of crude oil. The DOT 111 and other currently used tank cars are not designed to carry this hazardous liquid and proposed changes to federal regulations have yet to be finalized, allowing these cars to continue to be used; and

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia area is going through a productive redevelopment as a hub for fossil fuel transport and refining, and Philadelphia is greatly expanding its pipeline, storage and transportation infrastructure. With this increased volume comes great risk and responsibility to ensure that Philadelphia communities are protected from potential safety concerns; and

WHEREAS, There have been devastating rail car accidents posing significant risks to life, property and the environment. Most recently in 2013 when 47 people perished in Lac-Megantic, Quebec and in Mount Carbon, West Virginia in February 2015 when a State of Emergency was called, these issues were brought to the forefront of public concern; and

WHEREAS, On January 20, 2014, a train derailment occurred on the Schuylkill Arsenal Railroad Bridge on a CSX Transportation (CSX) rail over the Schuylkill Expressway and Schuylkill River between South and 34th Streets; and

WHEREAS, The federal government is currently reviewing increased safety requir...

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