dowlingm wrote:It is the municipalities who will be responding to any incidents. At the same time they cannot enforce any regulation or sanction because it happens at a federal level. This town manager may not have followed railroad protocol but that situation might have been avoided if there had been prompt information flow to the town/fire service.And it is the railroads who will be paying for any incidents, especially if gross negligence is involved. It is not in their best interest to hide anything. They found that out the hard way even with small oil spills.
newpylong wrote:If these municipalities really have their panties in a bunch so much they need to lobby their legislators to change the laws.Good luck against the K Street lobbyists.
Trespassing is general designation of the ownership of property, not railroad protocol... if I suspect my neighbor is doing something illegal or hiding something that may harm my health I don't strut onto their property, I call the authorities.
We've been through this and the general consensus is the Westford fiasco could have been avoided had the town been notified. My comments were directed more towards the growing squeeze the railroads are getting in cases all over the country when they are just trying to do business by what is the law.