In a Lake County News-Sun article, reporter Luke Hammill writes concerning the issue of transporting highly explosive crude oil by rail, “My opponent hasn’t stepped up on our behalf to lobby or communicate related hazards,” [Songer] added, while acknowledging the federal government is responsible for regulating such trains. Lawlor said the issue is important but is “completely the responsibility of the feds.”
“If you want to impact train or rail safety,” Lawlor said, “you need to run for Congress.”
I guess my opponent had better give Karen Darch a heads up!
Karen Darsch, Barrington’s village president, did the following (including, but not limited to):
Darch took determined action against the merger of CN and the EJ&E Railroad by forming a coalition with villages along the corridor as co-chair of TRAC; filing a petition with U.S. safety regulators seeking upgrades for the DOT-111 fleet and real-time information sharing with emergency responders on hazardous car contents; and filing public comment with PHMSA, likening the transport of Bakken crude to “a game of Russian roulette.”
Darch testified before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to discuss legislation about the importance of considering community impacts in a governmental review of railroad mergers (H.R. 6707), and she filed a petition asking a Chicago-based federal appeals court to review new crude-by-rail rules, arguing regulators didn’t go far enough.
Most impressive, she visited the Canadian town of Lac Megantic and talked with officials still coming to terms with the aftermath of a derailment that decimated the core of their village and took the lives of 47 unsuspecting victims.
Darch stepped up when her community needed her. She was in the fight when it began and hasn’t stopped since.
Lake County needs a responsible representative who makes people her priority. We are human beings, and our lives have value.
What is the public saying about the issue of transporting crude by rail through our neighborhoods?
JUST FOR THE RECORD: I’ll consider running for Congress in our next General Election.