Back-to-back oil train disasters -- one in Ontario, the other in West Virginia -- provide another painful reminder about the dangers "bomb trains" pose to people, wildlife and the environment.
Please take a moment to tell President Obama and the U.S. Department of Transportation to impose an immediate moratorium on oil trains.
Oil-by-rail transport has increased 40-fold since 2008 -- and we've seen a dangerous increase in derailments, explosions, oil spills and evacuations. In fact, more oil spilled in 2013 than the total amount from 1975-2012, and there were more oil train spills in 2014 than in any year since the federal government began collecting data.
The latest wrecks involved trains carrying 100 tank cars of crude oil, causing huge fires that were still burning days later. In West Virginia, the derailed train spewed burning oil into the Kanawha River and set a house ablaze, prompting the West Virginia governor to declare a state of emergency. The accident forced the evacuation of two nearby communities and threatened municipal drinking water supplies and habitat for several rare and vulnerable aquatic species.
It's time for this to stop. Putting people, our water and imperiled species at risk so oil companies can profit from moving millions of gallons of explosive oil through our communities daily is simply wrong.
February 23, 2015 Action Alert ID# 185
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