Ban the Bomb Trains!
An aptly-named #BombTrain carrying volatile Bakken oil recently derailed in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge. The accident ignited a huge fire that emergency crews were unable to put out for hours, prompting evacuations and road closures around the nearby town of Mosier, OR.
About 100 people had to be evacuated after multiple cars caught fire. Elizabeth Sanchey, one of the first responders, told Oregon Public Broadcasting that the scene “looked like the apocalypse.” While no one was hurt or killed (this time) the state of Washington estimated that an accident like this one next to the Columbia River could cause more than $170 million in environmental damage and take decades to mitigate. A sheen of oil was spotted on the Columbia River near the derailment this weekend.
Mosier city officials quickly passed an emergency motion calling on Union Pacific to remove all oil from the damaged cars before the line was reopened, but Union Pacific just pushed the disabled cars to the side of the track and restarted operations. As of this writing, the cars are still filled with oil.
That's why we're once again teaming up with dozens of local communities and Stand (formerly Forest Ethics) to plan another week of action this July 6-12. Together, we want to plan 100 actions from coast to coast that call for a ban on the bomb trains and an end to dangerous fossil fuel extraction and transportation. Will you stand with us? Sign here to call for a ban on bomb trains and get connected to a local rally (or plan one) near you!