Every day, hazardous materials, including flammable gases and liquids, pass through Lafayette by train, traveling next to homes and businesses, skirting the downtown area where thousands work during the week and passing within yards of the city’s main utility plant.

Not surprisingly, railroad companies do not publicize the types or quantities of hazardous materials that they transport through communities like Lafayette.

Officials with BNSF railroad and the Federal Railroad Administration said the secrecy is, in part, for safety reasons, particularly in this post 9/11 world. Read More