2008-11-22 / Front Page

TRAIN CRASH SETTLEMENT MONEY AVAILABLE

Settlement money from the 2006 train derailment and consequent fish kill in Cameron County are available for conservation and environmental improvement projects, according to the county's watershed specialist.

Over 40,000 gallons of lye spilled near the McKean/Cameron County border at the bottom of the dangerous Keating Summit grade resulted in damage to Big Fill Run, Sinnemahoning Portage Creek, and the Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek.

Norfolk Southern paid over $7 million to Cameron County as restitution for the damage caused by the spill.

Money from the settlement paid by Norfolk Southern Railroad is being administered by a "stakeholders' committee" established by Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Commission,

Applications are due on Nov. 30 for the first round of funding, totaling $200,000.

Among those eligible to apply are incorporated watershed and conservation groups; counties and municipalities; Conservation Districts; Councils of Governments, and Commonwealth agencies.

Also eligible are organizations involved in research, rehabilitation, planning, acquisition, development, or educational activities that focus on conservation or recreation.

Only projects within the Sinnemahoning Creek Watershed qualify for the funding.

Additional information is available from Watershed Specialist Todd Deluccia at (814) 486-9354.

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