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Residents north of Boston call for halt of ethanol rail plan

The red lines on this state map show potential train routes.
The red lines on this state map show potential train routes.

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Imagine the outcome if terrorists attacked a freight train transporting a highly flammable, hard-to-extinguish fuel through densely populated North Shore communities.

Some local activists fear it could become a reality if Global Partners LP is allowed to transport ethanol to its storage terminal in Revere over MBTA commuter rail lines. They are hoping the state Legislature can stop the plan before it’s too late.

“This ethanol train is basically a bomb train. It’s there for anybody” to attack, Chelsea resident Roseann Bongiovanni said.

Bongiovanni said she was alarmed by the arrest — days after the Boston Marathon bombings — of two men in Canada who planned, with Al Qaeda support, to derail a train between Montreal and New York.

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