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Don't overstate risk of oil trains

Paul Wulterkens wrote The Sun all the way from St. Paul, Minn. to vent his frustration for oil trains ("Industry puts profits ahead of safety with oil trains," Jan. 1). In his effort to find someone to blame, he comes up with this lame idea that the railroads prefer business over safety. Nothing could be more ridiculous.

No one makes any money when an oil train spills or crashes. All railroads are constantly reviewing everything they can do to make these trains as safe as possible. The newer, reinforced cars are being slated as fast as can be done. The older cars are not allowed to carry oil and have been limited to non-combustible cargo.

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The federal government has reduced speed limits on all oil trains. Fracking has reduced the price of oil so much that Maryland recently raised its taxes on fuel and hardly anyone objected. If Mr. Wulterkens wants to worry about something, maybe he should lobby Congress to fix Amtrak's Northwest Corridor infrastructure which is responsible for more accidents than just oil trains.

Steven Davidson, New Windsor

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