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Pa. counties still waiting on oil train data

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media

At least four Pennsylvania counties have not received information on oil train traffic from rail companies, despite a federal mandate.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Cambria, Lebanon, Westmoreland and Delaware counties are still waiting on reports detailing how many crude-oil bearing trains pass through their borders.

Ruth Miller, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, claimed the data had, in fact been sent as requested.

The federal government ordered major rail companies to disclose where and how many trains carrying more than a million gallons of volatile Bakken crude pass through states weekly. A series of explosive train derailments, including an incident in Canada a year ago that killed 47 people, prompted the order.

Westmoreland county, one of the four claiming not to have received a report, was the site of a February derailment that saw 10,000 gallons of crude spilled.

Though the state Emergency Management Agency claims it will distribute the information within a matter of days, the counties’ residents will not be included as recipients. Pennsylvania has opted not to make the oil train numbers public, despite federal leaders’ assurance that the data is not classified.

Read more at the Sacramento Bee: Pennsylvania crude oil train data still not going to right officials

Related: Maps show oil trains close to schools

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