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In some Maryland railroad towns, crude oil is an open secret
In some Maryland railroad towns, crude oil is an open secret

The long tanker trains full of crude oil roll south from Pennsylvania about twice a day, along the banks of the Susquehanna River and through the heart of historic Port Deposit, gliding within feet of the VFW hall, the community basketball court, the library and a riverfront playground. They continue to nearby Perryville, where they often stop along tracks between a residential neighborhood and a community garden, near an old white trestle with the town's name spelled out in brown lettering. There they wait, 100 tankers long, for clearance onto Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, which carries them onward toward refineries in Delaware. "It's part of our day-to-day...

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