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Extra-flammable crude oil may soon run through a trench in Washington D.C. neighborhood

(Source: Think Progress, January 17, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Under a proposal by CSX, a stretch of Virginia Avenue in Washington, D.C., would be bowled over and dug out to make way for a large, uncovered trench. In that trench, freight trains would run in the open for at least five years while the company reconstructs and expands the century-old Virginia Avenue Tunnel. The rebuilt tunnel would require a gift of city land to the company, and construction would expand it so double-stacked cars can run through. But the one thing that stands out is their fear that one of those trains carrying crude oil and hazardous materials in an open trench next to their homes might derail.

Full story: Think Progress

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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