The death penalty has come and gone in Delaware. Legislators reinstated it in 1974 after an unpleasant crime. Some history here. More info from the ACLU. Sen. Karen Peterson has championed the cause of repeal for many years, with support from Republican Gary Simpson.
Note the secrecy here, from both the Union Pacific and the Federal Railroad Administration (more a servant of than a regulator of the industry).
In the course of fighting a proposal for an LNG terminal in Logan Township, New Jersey, we learned a lot about the hazards of LNG. Readers will recall that the oil and gas people were saying that massive imports of LNG were essential. Now, of course, they are saying that exports of LNG are essential. The federal government, of course, is disposed to do what the oilers and gassers want.
The Union Pacific does not operate on the East Coast, but could this be a foot-in-the-door for trains even more dangerous than the oil (bomb) trains?
Flames erupt from the scene of a crude-oil train derailment Feb. 16 near Timmins, in Ontario, Canada. (Transportation Safety Board of Canada)
Rep. Ed Osienski and Sen. Dave McBride developed a letter to Rep. John Carney asking the US Congress to take meaningful action on oil (“bomb”) trains. This letter was signed by 30 Delaware state senators and representatives.