Law & Justice

Trains Kept From Rolling Through Roxbury

1331a6a008d68a808a6d_93deb6ed7614c2b7746c_trains.jpg
Credits: Morristown & Erie Railway
61821d47c5e3a8e6f352_20160607_164255.jpg
d98d4596d0cf5dcf83fc_20160607_164338.jpg
1331a6a008d68a808a6d_93deb6ed7614c2b7746c_trains.jpg

ROXBURY, NJ – Railroad tanker cars filled with liquified butane and propane will not be rolling through Roxbury during the next week, thanks to an order by a judge who will revisit the matter on June 20.

State Superior Court Judge Stephan Hansbury, pressed by Morris County to stop the Morristown & Erie Railway from using its tracks to transport the tankers, and store them in Mount Olive, issued on Friday a temporary restraining order.

The judge directed the Morristown & Erie (M&E) to work with concerned county and local officials and devise a safety plan, said the county in a statement. However, Hansbury did not immediately rule on the county’s allegation that the M&E needed, but failed to request, county approval to store the rail cars.

Sign Up for E-News

Under a deal it struck with a customer, the M&E this month began transporting the black tanker cars over its High Bridge Line en route to the line’s terminus near Bartley-Chester Road. The tracks run through Roxbury and Roxbury officials recently voiced opposition to the tanker transport.

There are 18 of the tankers parked on the tracks. The M&E wants to store about 100 there, according to documents.

“Attorneys and officials from the county and M&E Railway met for several hours … in private to discuss possible safety measures that should be put in place in connection with the parked rail cars,” said the county on Friday. “Following those discussions, Judge Hansbury directed the two sides to continue that dialogue and urged them to come back in 10 days with a safety plan.”

The tracks are owned by the county and the M&E operates the freight trains over them. The county asserts the railroad, while allowed under the deal to use the tracks for freight transport, needed county approval for the tanker storage.

The railroad disagrees, saying it was within its rights.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Roxbury

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_0b337db511ba70320a82_20180425_110650

Sat, May 26, 10:00 AM

Vapealicious VapeShop, Kenvil

Memorial Day Sale

Other

Carousel_image_0b337db511ba70320a82_20180425_110650

Sun, May 27, 10:00 AM

Vapealicious VapeShop, Kenvil

Memorial Day Sale

Other

Carousel_image_2797ba31e2f7b0e4cf4b_medici12

Mon, May 28, 10:00 AM

Lincoln-Roosevelt School, Succasunna

Roxbury Memorial Day Parade

Giving Back

Carousel_image_0b337db511ba70320a82_20180425_110650

Mon, May 28, 10:00 AM

Vapealicious VapeShop, Kenvil

Memorial Day Sale

Other

Columns

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Letters to TAPinto Roxbury

An Open Letter from Morris County Educators

May 9, 2018

May 8, 2018

To the editor,

We are writing on behalf of the more than 1,600 public school employees working in our schools.  We are proud of the work that we do, and we are the reason that our schools celebrate notable achievements and our students’ goals and dreams are often fulfilled. 

Today marks the annual Teacher Appreciation Day, a day in which our nation takes a ...

Lacking Respect

As a parent of children who have attended Kennedy Elementary School in Succasunna starting in 2010, I am very disappointed that you chose to use Mr Eric Renfors  “No Shave November photos” to announce his resignation.

They were clearly used in poor taste. He is a humble man who participates in many community fund raisers and teaches ...

NYU Accepts Roxbury's Max Dorn

May 25, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Succasunna resident Max Chloe Dorn, a Roxbury High School senior, has been admitted to the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University (NYU).

NYU has been Dorn's "dream school" for many years, according to her parents. She will begin classes in January but will be entering an accelerated program that will allow her to graduate in May 2022, the same ...

Kent Libby of Roxbury Makes Worcester Polytechnic Dean's List

WORCESTER, MA - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Kent Libby of Succasunna, a member of the class of 2020 majoring in robotics engineering and computer science, was named to the university's Dean's List for academic excellence for the spring 2018 semester.

A total of 1,474 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI's spring 2018 ...

Roxbury Area Students Make Bucknell Dean's List

LEWISBURG, PA - Six students from the Roxbury area earned the dean's list during the spring semester at Bucknell University.

A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean's list recognition.

The students:

Sara Christian, Class of 2018 from Flanders, NJ

Mike DiDomenico, Class of 2018 from Succasunna, NJ

Owen Klinger, Class of ...

Press Releases

Calling all Singer-Songwriters - Earn Spot Opening Music Fest in June!

May 9, 2018

Fulfill your dream of performing at an established local Music Festival!  Two (2) talented local/area singer-songwriters will each be awarded a 15 minute spot to open the Groove in the Grove Indie Music Festival (the Festival)!

The Groove Acoustic Open Mic Challenge (the Challenge) will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Enzo’s Pizzeria, 382 Rt 46, Budd Lake, NJ starting ...