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Bill prohibiting expansion of oil terminals would make city safer, activists say

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The Baltimore Belt Line, operated by CSX, carries crude oil and other freight through several commercial and residential neighborhoods. The playground and basketball courts at Margaret Brent Elementary-Middle School are directly above the tracks. Photo by Craig Bettenhausen.

The City Council is expected to pass a small change to the zoning code that activists hope will have a big impact on safety and the environment. The bill, #17-0150, would prevent the construction or expansion of crude oil terminals inside city limits, including in the Port of Baltimore, by making it a prohibited use in the zoning code.

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