Lawlor not leading on rail safety

The Letter to the Editor below, written by Jane Partridge from Lake Forest, goes on to ask some hard hitting questions about the state of Lake County’s emergency preparedness.  At the Daily Herald interview to which this LTE refers, I asked the question, “Who’s job is it?”

I received no answer.

My answer is this: “I’ll take it.”



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Oil train derailments and fiery explosions come with a 1-mile radius blast zone and up to a 3-mile evacuation zone. I’ve been proactive since May of 2014 in demanding action from our elected officials and in raising public awareness.


Regarding a recent Daily Herald article, I take exception to Aaron Lawlor’s passing the buck about protecting the people of Lake County.

There are five railroad tracks with thousands of tank cars passing through Lake County while carrying millions of gallons of oil. These accidents-waiting-to-happen traverse over 25 communities from Barrington to Winthrop Harbor and Highland Park to Antioch.

Is each community individually supposed to deal with safety, traffic, pollution issues caused by the trains? Most communities, grappling with limited resources and influence, are unable to deal with potential catastrophes. The county should spearhead efforts to improve safety standards and mitigate impacts.

To read this Letter to the Editor in it’s entirety, please view:  Lawlor not leading on rail safety

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