New Jersey Work Environment Council and our allies strongly urge Governor Murphy to take action to protect our lives, jobs, health, schools, and businesses.
The deadly hazards of crude oil shipments on rail are concerning to residents in New Jersey as thousands of rail cars now pass through our communities every week, including through densely populated areas, such as Bergen, Union and Middlesex counties. Governor Christie should direct his administration to release information from the railroads on crude oil shipments instead of keeping the public in the dark.
In addition, the public needs to have access to Emergency Response Plans for municipalities and counties. Federal law guarantees our right to access accurate and updated emergency response plans. Common sense planning for emergencies requires clear, concise instructions for all members of the community; everyone needs to be alerted to and aware of the procedures for worst case scenarios, particularly, but not only, our first responders.
While we support greater energy efficiency and a faster transition to cleaner energy sources, the transport of fossil fuels continues to be an energy reality for now. We demand that the Murphy administration end the total lack of transparency, which puts our communities at risk. We have a right to know!
Demand Governor Murphy to take action to protect our lives, jobs, health, schools and businesses!