Community Activism

Citizens Acting for Rail Safety-La Crosse: Transporting oil comes with inherent risks

Citizens Acting for Rail Safety-La Crosse: Transporting oil comes with inherent risks

December 29, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | Recent oil industry statements promoting new pipelines as the solution to the hazards of shipping oil by rail are misleading and undermine efforts to improve public safety. Citizens Acting for Rail Safety opposes new oil pipelines because: More pipelines will not stop the movement of oil by […]

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Decision on Phillips 66 rail spur project could come Monday

Decision on Phillips 66 rail spur project could come Monday

May 14, 2016 | San Luis Tribune | A tentative decision by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission on a highly controversial proposal to add a rail spur to the Phillips 66 Nipomo Mesa refinery could be made Monday — though it’s tentative because whatever decision that panel makes will be appealed to the Board […]

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Protest Against Crude Oil Trains Brings Thousands to Capital Region

Protest Against Crude Oil Trains Brings Thousands to Capital Region

May 14, 2016 | TWC NEWS | ALBANY. N.Y. — An international movement right here in the Capital City. Break Free 2016 is the global fight against fossil fuels and crude oil trains that lumber though our cities. “The kind of power we have comes with our voices, our spirits and our bodies,” said event […]

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Rail Safety Efforts

Rail Safety Efforts

  April 11, 2016 | News 8000 | A report on the Alma, WI and Brownsville, MN derailments, new MN legislation and an interview with CARS – Citizens Acting for Rail Safety, La Crosse. [Watch the video here.]

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Residents remain concerned over crude oil trains in NorCal

Residents remain concerned over crude oil trains in NorCal

April 6, 2016 | KCRA | The passionate debate is renewed in Benicia as the oil company Valero appeals a decision that prevented more oil trains. [Watch the video here.]

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Historic Trial Lets Activists Who Blocked Oil Train Cite Climate Change Threat in Their Defense

Historic Trial Lets Activists Who Blocked Oil Train Cite Climate Change Threat in Their Defense

January 13, 2016 | Alternet | Five climate justice activists went on trial in Washington state Monday for tying themselves to a 25-foot tripod structure to block a mile-long oil train. The protesters, members of the activist group Rising Tide Seattle, demanded a halt of shipments of fossil fuels through the Northwest following a string […]

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Members of oil train blockade to appear in Lynnwood court Monday

Members of oil train blockade to appear in Lynnwood court Monday

January 10, 2015 | My Edmonds News| They are Mike LaPointe, Patrick Mazza, Jackie Minchew, Liz Spoerri and Abby Brockway, and they call themselves the “Delta 5.” They will appear before Judge Anthony Howard in Lynnwood’s Snohomish County South District Court at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. The five face charges of trespass and blocking […]

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“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

November 30, 2015 | DESMOG| On November 12th, I boarded a train headed to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the first national independent gathering focused on the topic of oil trains. The trip would take me through Philadelphia where an Amtrak train crashed in May resulting in eight fatalities and over 200 injuries. There is general consensus […]

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Environmentalist Moms Protest Bakken Oil Trains

November 3, 2015 | WXXI News | An environmental group is calling for an end to Bakken oil trains in Fairport. Mothers Out Front originated in Massachusetts, but they’ve gained momentum in the Rochester area, specifically because the region is a pass-through for these trains. Keri Kaminsky is a leader of the group. She says […]

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Oil train activists gather in Albany

Oil train activists gather in Albany

October 24, 2015 | TimesUnion| In the more than two years since a crude oil train derailed and exploded in the small Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, Marilaine Savard has spent her days fighting. The explosions killed 47 people. Five bodies couldn’t be found. Some speculate they were vaporized in the explosions that day. More than […]

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