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Protesters call for end to combustible crude oil crossing Bergen

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

PHOTO: Dozens of protesters were watched by Closter, Harrington Park and CSX police as they expressed concerns over published reports that at least 7 million gallons per day of highly combustible Bakken crude oil comes through nearly a dozen Bergen towns along the CSX River Line.

Uniformed officers converged on the area to help keep traffic moving along Old Hook and nearby Schraalenburgh roads past the railroad crossing near the Oradell Reservoir.

One lane of Old Hook Road was closed.

Signs included: “Oil and water don’t mix” and “Ban unsafe trains now,” while demonstrators chanted: “Hey hey, ho ho, Bakken crude has got to go.”

The trains carrying the oil must cross a small, wooden bridge that spans the reservoir, which is full of drinking water for an estimated 750,000 customers in Bergen and Hudson counties.

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