Ban the Bomb Trains
July 6 marks the second anniversary of the bomb-train disaster in Lac-Megantic, Canada. The train set an entire town on fire and killed 47 people, but two years later our communities and planet are still at risk.
After a spring filled with fiery derailments, explosive accidents and major articles in the New York and Los Angeles Times, we know that there's NO safe way exists to transport extreme oil such as the tar sands and Bakken crude. Yet rail shipments of volatile crude oil have increased by 4,000 percent since 2008. And the only response from President Obama and the Department of Transportation has been a weak set of rules requiring slightly better brakes and thicker tank cars YEARS from now. This action is fails to protect our communities, and it completely ignores the point that we must leave extreme fossil fuels in the ground if we're going to stop climate change and protect our planet.
That’s why we’re joining the Stop Oil Trains week of action, July 6-12, to call attention to the growing threat of shipping oil by rail across North America. Sign here to tell the Obama team we need a ban on bomb trains NOW. We'll deliver your signature as part of the week of action and send you updates on how to plan or participate in an event next month.