ARE WE PREPARED?: The study by Martin County Fire Rescue should give pause to everyone in our region living or working near the Florida East Coast rail line.
It also should ratchet up safety preparation efforts by Treasure Coast governments.
Recently, Martin County Fire Rescue Chief Dan Wouters told county commissioners an explosion of a railroad tanker car filled with liquefied natural gas could kill 400 people and injure 500 more.
If Florida East Coast Railway is able to obtain permits, it could be transporting up to 3,000 gallons of liquefied natural gas by the end of the month, Wouters said. Eventually, the railroad company may transport hundreds of times that volume.
Are local governments prepared to respond to a disaster of this magnitude?