Fredericksburg City Councilman Chuck Frye Jr. was thrilled when CSX Transportation agreed to build a rail spur to keep ethanol tankers away from homes in the Mayfield neighborhood five years ago.
But earlier this year, Frye learned tanker trucks containing propane are now being stored on Railroad Avenue in Mayfield, where he lives.
As Frye is challenged for the City Council Ward 4 seat by Athena Construction Group President Amber Peebles, oil tankers in Mayfield are once again a major talking point.
At a recent candidates’ forum, Peebles applauded Frye for keeping the issue on the radar of city, state and federal officials. But she added that more needed to be done.
“So far, it appears that the efforts of our community leaders have not yielded satisfactory results,” Peebles said. “That means there has to be a different approach to get CSX to agree to pull these tankers out.”
CSX’s position is that it follows Federal Railroad Administration regulations in not storing tank trucks in a residential area for more than 48 consecutive hours.
Peebles said that while that may be true, “I don’t know anyone who says, ‘I wish I had my house next to stocked tankers. ”