Casey: Streamline emergency training for oil train disasters

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 16, 2015 4:06 PM

Photo by AP Photo/ Office of the Governor of West Virginia, Steven Wayne Rotsch,File

(Philadelphia) -- Pennsylvania's senior U.S. senator is pushing to streamline emergency training so small communities have the same level of response to oil train derailments, leaks and explosions as big cities.

Senator Bob Casey Jr., says legislation introduced this month would establish a Federal Emergency Management Agency subcommittee to craft training recommendations and assess funding.

The Democrat discussed the issue at Philadelphia's City Hall. Up to 80 trains carrying volatile oil from North Dakota's Bakken Shale roll through the each week.

Four oil trains have derailed in Pennsylvania in the last 15 months. Last month an explosion rocked neighboring West Virginia.

The bill Casey supports would set uniform training standards, connect small departments to experts in combating hazardous materials leaks and fires and create a national database to track train incidents.

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