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Harrisburg city councilor joins calls for more controls of oil trains

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 9, 2015 10:14 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A growing number of lawmakers at all levels of government are calling for changes to potentially dangerous trains that carry oil through Pennsylvania.

Governor Tom Wolf and Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey recently pressed regulators to further restrict the trains, and now a Harrisburg City Councilor is joining them.

Brad Koplinski, a one-time Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, wants safer rail cars traveling through the city, as well as lower speed limits.

Koplinkski says 25 trains carrying crude oil travel through Harrisburg every week, with nearly 20-thousand people in just one zip code in the evacuation zone.

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