Photo: Robert Donnan
ACTION: On Ju;y28 and 29 help count the oil bomb trains traveling through Pittsburgh, and sign the petitions to Congress and President Obama.
Beginning with the two-year anniversary of the oil train disaster in Quebec that killed 47 people, this past week saw the launch of a national campaign to end the dangerous shipment of crude oil by rail. Of primary concern are the shipments through cities, often through low-income communities down near the tracks.
To measure the risk of ‘oil bomb train’ accidents in Pennsylvania the FracTracker Alliance has organized a count of oil trains passing through Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia. Concerned citizens are encouraged to help with the counts on July 28 and 29 by signing up HERE for a three-hour shift between 8 am and 8 pm. For more information about the count, contact Sam Malone at email@example.com. You may also sign Sen. Bob Casey’s petition to Congress and the MoveOn petition to President Obama.
As Sierra Club Exec. Dir. Michael Brune pointed out in a recent article: ‘Two factors are responsible (for the oil train explosions). One is the extreme volatility of fracked oil and tar sands oil. Both are extremely combustible, making them challenging to refine and dangerous to transport.
‘The other factor is the aging and inadequate infrastructure of a rail system that was never designed to carry such hazardous cargo. As a result, the U.S. had a total of 144 oil train incidents last year. In 2009, there was only one.