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Baltimore residents protest delay of oil train bill

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Posted at 11:59 AM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 11:59:20-04
City residents protested the nine-month delay of a bill to mandate a study of the health and safety impacts of oil trains in Baltimore. 
 
The group staged a silent protest Tuesday inside the city Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
 
The legislation was introduced back on Jan. 26, 2016, by City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young. The bill would require the first-ever city study of oil trains in Baltimore, where more than 165,000 people live within the one-mile potential impact zone of a derailment and explosion.
 
The bill was assigned to the Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee, and the committee requested reports on the bill from the city solicitor, the Baltimore City Health Department and the Baltimore City Department of Finance.  
 
The reports have not been received by the committee, and no public hearing on this bill has been scheduled. 
 

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