Rauner Orders State Resources to Galena Oil Train Accident

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:

Governor Rauner activates State Incident Response Center in Springfield

State ready to assist following oil train derailment in NW Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner today activated the State Incident Response Center (SIRC) in Springfield to ensure state personnel and equipment are ready to be quickly deployed if needed to help local emergency responders deal with a crude oil train derailment and subsequent fire that occurred this afternoon near Galena in Jo Daviess County.

Train track next to the Mississippi south of Galena.

Train track next to the Mississippi south of Galena.

Governor Rauner also deployed staff from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to the scene.

“I activated the State Incident Response Center to ensure we’re ready to act quickly if any local responders need our assistance,” said Governor Rauner.

Representatives from several state agencies are reporting to the SIRC, including IEMA, IEPA, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois National Guard, Illinois Department of Central Management Services, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department on Aging, Illinois Department of Corrections, Office of the State Fire Marshal and the American Red Cross.

The SIRC will remain activated as long as necessary.

For updates on the current situation, visit the Ready Illinois website at www.ready.illinois.gov.


Rauner Orders State Resources to Galena Oil Train Accident — 7 Comments

  1. This is much better than having a big old nasty pipe line to move our energy supply around.

    Some one please mention this to the jerk in charge that just vetoed the Keystone pipeline.

  2. Keystone Pipeline would be like these trains running 24/7.

    Pipelines have accidents/spills too.

    Keystone would carry Canadian tar sands through the US for export.

    All the risk and none of the reward all because Canada won’t refine tar sands in country.

    No thanks Keystone.

  3. Why don’t we issue more regulations on trains that carry hazardous materials.

    The trains should be lined with a substance that will not allow spillage even if in a wreck.

    The pipeline will not be done.

    All of these companies only pay a fraction of what is owed to the commons for the people.

    These spills etc impacts people’s health, their water, crops etc.

  4. I really can’t believe that people still don’t think that a pipeline is better?

    It is about 66% cheaper to ship.

    It saves on fuel emissions which liberals are nuts over when it comes to global warming.

    There are over 2.5 million miles of pipeline already in the U.S. and everyone that is against it is just certifiable in my mind.

    To move oil on train or truck cost more, gives 100% more emissions and is deadlier for peoples lives.

    And to say to line train cars is just plain dumb.

    Do you have any idea how much money that would cost and probably wouldn’t be that effective when a train derailed anyway.

    Also a new independent study says that 70% of the crude would stay in the United States.

    However, one thing that I will say is that there should be shut off valves along the pipeline that can be managed electronically and manually with shorter distances than the standard that they use now a days.

    This will be the safest pipeline ever build just because of technology.

  5. I live in Galena, Not one city council member could comment on this matter because they don’t care about the citizens of Jo Daviess County.

    It’s all about the money.

    This event had the potential to ruin the lives of many hard working citizens who live here.

    Shame on all of you, even after 24 hours you have nothing to say.

    Thanks for looking out for your citizens who put you in office.

  6. I heard the Mayor of Galena interviewed on Chicago’s ABC station.

  7. Don’t worry about the XL Pipeline.

    There is a pipeline already being built to carry 1.2 million barrels of tar sands crude from Alberta a day.

    And it is in our own back yard .

    It is Enbridge’s line 61.

    It runs along the western edge of McHenry County through Boone County.

    The link is to an interesting article in the Wisconsin Gazette


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