Ban the Bomb Trains
During February in West Virginia, a train carrying crude oil from the "tar sands of America" crashed into a house and sent a fireball hundreds of feet into the air. The owner of the house managed to run outside just before he was crushed; nobody was hurt, this time.
Then another bomb train went off the tracks last week and burned into the night in Illinois. No injuries were reported, but six families had to be evacuated and the spill occurred near the Mississippi River and may have major impacts on water quality and local wildlife. This is the third derailment in the last few weeks involving trains hauling crude oil.
Instead of banning bomb trains or demanding safety improvements, senior Obama staff sat down with Big Oil and railroad CEOs for a chat about why better breaks and slower speeds are a bad idea -- because they'd cost Big Oil too much money. Enough is enough.
Oil trains are carving a fiery pattern of disaster across our countryside. We have already seen more oil spilled from these trains in the past few months than in the previous 40 years combined, earning trains carrying crude oil a dirty nickname -- Bomb Trains. There's only one real solution that works for the planet: Leave the tar sands and other extreme oil in the ground. So just like we're working to shut down Keystone XL, we need to shut down the bomb trains to stop the dirtiest oil from threatening the safety of our communities
But President Obama and his Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, have been dragging their feet on regulations on Bomb Trains -- bowing to industry pressure that says it's "too expensive" to protect people and planet. With final regulations due in just a few weeks, we're running out of time to convince the president's team to take action. Sign here to add your voice, and ban the Bomb Trains for good.