Conrail talking settlement over Paulsboro derailment and chemical spill
January 18, 2013By Tom MacDonald
Even though it's been many weeks since a train derailed, spilling chemicals and causing evacuations in Paulsboro, New Jersey, the legal wrangling might just be picking up steam.
Conrail spokesman Michael Hotra says the company is not seeking out Paulsboro residents to offer them settlements.
"Nor will it settle with anyone it knows to be represented by counsel," said Hotra. "It has responded only to those who have sought assistance. We believe this will address claims fairly promptly and with finality."
Hotra says the company's door is open for those who wish to talk settlement.
"Residents and business who wish to present claims my report to the Conrail assistance center at 541A Mantua Avenue, with photo identification and any documentation related to their claims," he said.
One person who will be making a claim is Phil Weiss, who owns a hardware store in Paulsboro. He says business was off considerably during the derailment and evacuation.
"Our month of December in 2012 was down by 25 percent compared to 2011," said Weiss.
Conrail officials say all claims are being handled on a case by case basis, so there is no general dollar figure being discussed.