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Train Derailment on the West Branch of the Upper Delaware River – Update #6

Posted on August 12 2018

Train Derailment on the West Branch of the Upper Delaware River – Update #6

Reports from anglers floating the West Branch of the Upper Delaware River on Saturday evening appear to confirm what we heard yesterday about an additional diesel fuel spill at the train derailment site.

According to our eyes on the river, visible fuel sheens and noticeable odors in the watershed corridor below the accident site have reappeared. We’re also getting new reports of fuel soaked waterfowl and trout rising and feeding through the surface sheens.

Unfortunately, it’s Sunday, and not the best day to get responses from governmental authorities but we need reliable information now.

Please send a tweet, FB message, or email to the following authorities with this message:

“I am requesting an immediate and official update on the clean-up effort, public health threats, and ecological impacts associated with the New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railroad train derailment on the West Branch of the Upper Delaware River near Deposit, NY.” #FUDR

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, @70Cuomo, www.facebook.com/GovernorAndrewCuomo/

NYSDEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, @BasilSeggos, www.facebook.com/basil.seggos

NY Congressman John Faso, @RepJohnFaso, www.facebook.com/RepJohnFaso/

NY State Senator Fred Akshar, fred@fredakshar.com ,@fredakshar, www.facebook.com/senatorfredakshar/

NY State Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, crouchc@assembly.state.ny.us,www.facebook.com/AssemblymanCliffCrouch/

We need everybody who lives near or recreates on the river in the coming days and weeks to continue to keep a sharp eye out for injured waterfowl, residual odors, or visible fuel oil slicks particularly in the calmer near-shore eddies and pools. If you see waterfowl that need help, call Wildlife Rehabilitator Missy Runyon at 518-989-6534 or 518-965-1864. Please take pictures and identify GPS coordinates if possible and send them to info@fudr.org and we will forward them on to the appropriate authorities.

We will keep you posted as we learn more.

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