CURTIS BAY, Md — In 2022, individuals dwelling in Curtis Bay sued CSX after an explosion at a coal exporting facility in December 2021.

Recently, the corporate reached a settlement with the group for $1.75 million in a category motion lawsuit.

But neighbors say that cash won’t resolve their issues.

In December of 2023, a scientific research confirmed the presence of coal mud within the air.

David Jones, who has been advocating for this subject for years, says it has been troublesome for the group to battle the corporate by itself.

He says he needs the group had help from elected officers.

“We can’t get our governor to return right here. We couldn’t get the mayor to return right here. We couldn’t get any elected officers to indicate up at the moment, and what does that present you? That exhibits they don’t care about us until they’re getting our vote,” says David Jones.

The group determined to take issues into its personal fingers.

“We had our indicators, and we had our banners and stuff, and we rallied right here first on the pavilion over there, and we took it down the road,” says Angela Shaneyfelt.

They positioned indicators, banners, and an eviction discover on the fence on the CSX facility.

The facility shortly eliminated all the indicators after the rally.

WMAR reached out to CSX for a response to the rally. It stated, quote:

“CSX is pleased with its almost 200-year historical past in Baltimore and the Curtis Bay space. Our coal pier operations adhere to strict regulatory requirements, and we usually put money into applied sciences and practices that go above and past these requirements set by federal and state governments, and preserve our personal operational requirements for environmental administration….

it’s our focus to proceed constructive discussions with the Maryland division of the surroundings that may result in a greater understanding of our dedication to sustainability in addition to collaborative efforts to handle group considerations.”

Sheriee Bowman, CSX Senior Manager Media Relations

Anglea Shaneyfelt says she simply needs the corporate would discover a higher method to preserve coal mud out of the air, however she says since they haven’t, she and her neighbors will proceed to push again in opposition to the corporate.
 

“This has been going forwards and backwards, and this has been loopy, like we are able to’t let up. That’s the primary factor the primary focus and we’ll simply need to develop our numbers,” she says.

 

The change the neighbors say they need to see is a way more stringent allow for the corporate and a direct phasing out of coal.

 

“And they should cease taking earnings over well being and security, backside line, and we’d like our people who find themselves put in these positions to guard us to do their job,” says Jones.

 

The subsequent step for the group is to take its efforts to Annapolis and plead with elected officers for assist so the group can have clear air.