Written by News Bulletin News Sources
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00
Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner’s efforts have gained national media attention as he leads the way for railway safety reform. Since the Canadian National Railway and EJ & E Railways merged in 2008, rail freight traffic has quadrupled and has had a direct impact on Aurora and other communities throughout the nation.
As a result of the merger, Weisner joined forces with Mayor Karen Darch of Barrington and other leaders in the area to establish TRAC, a coalition of communities focused on implementing additional mandatory safety precautions and standards in the railway industry.
The freight trains on these railways contain crude oil and ethanol which has proven disastrous in cities like Rockford, where one fatality occurred after a train derailment in 2009; and, most recently on July 6, when a major tragedy occurred in the town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec, Canada when a train carrying crude oil derailed, exploded, and caused the death of nearly 50 people.
Shortly after last month’s devastation in Canada, Mayor Weisner and Mayor Darch wrote an editorial for the Wall Street Journal to shine another national light on these critical rail safety issues that they have previously asked the U.S. Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration to address.
On July 30, 2013, Mayor Weisner and Mayor Darch’s editorial was published on page A13 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal.
Since then, it has caused a domino-effect of media coverage and national support. The editorial can be viewed by clicking here. It is also reproduced in its entirety at the end of this release.
As a result of the Wall Street Journal editorial, Mayor Weisner and Mayor Darch were invited to speak about their concerns on the award-winning Leonard Lopate Show in New York.
More than 35 Nobel Prize winners and heavy-hitting political figures, economists, scientists, and historians have all sat down with the award-winning Leonard Lopate to speak about national issues on one of National Public Radio’s highest-rated shows.
--News Bulletin news sources
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:55