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Nahant Marsh Leader Says Railroad Merger Would Harm QC Environment, Economy & Quality of Life

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An aerial view of Nahant Marsh in the foreground with the Canadian Pacific rail yard in the background

The head of Nahant Marsh in Davenport told a federal agency the proposed merger of two railroads would have a detrimental effect on the Quad Cities' environment, economy, and quality of life.

Executive Director Brian Ritter testified Tuesday before the Surface Transportation Board about Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern's merger application.

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Screenshot of Canadian Pacific's Nahant Rail Yard in Davenport, Iowa

Ritter says from 2010 through 2019, the Mississippi River was flooded 10% if the period, a big increase compared to previous decades. He's concerned about the difficulty of cleaning up after a derailment or spill because the CP railroad tracks are close to Mississippi River and run through the marsh property. During record flooding in 2019, a fuel separation system a the company's Nahant yard spilled an unknown amount of diesel into neighboring properties including the marsh.

Canadian Pacific Railway's rail yard is located adjacent to Nahant Marsh and near the Mississippi River in Davenport.

On Thursday morning, the final session of the hearing will be live-streamed on the Surface Transportation Board's YouTube channel HERE. It will feature Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern's rebuttal testimony and questions from board members.

Recordings of each day of the hearing are also available. Ritter's testimony begins at 26:11 in the video below.

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