Community Activism

Doing more about oil train safety

Doing more about oil train safety

July 18, 2015 | Sun Focus | Rep. Connie Bernardy and DFL colleagues held a press conference during which they called on rail companies to do more so that Minnesota communities are safe from oil train disasters. Fridley Fire Chief John Berg and Director of Ramsey County Homeland Security Judson Freed also participated in the […]

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With a solemn remembrance and music, protesters decry oil-train accidents

With a solemn remembrance and music, protesters decry oil-train accidents

July 11, 2015 | Philly.com|Two years after a fatal oil-train derailment in Quebec drew national attention to the transport of crude oil, more than 100 people gathered Saturday in Center City to remember the victims and demand better train safety controls in Philadelphia. “These trains go through our neighborhoods and right past our most important […]

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Railroads urged to communicate more to improve oil train safety

July 11, 2015 | Pioneer Press|  Many Minnesota emergency managers say railroads that haul crude oil should communicate with them better. “Planning done in a silo is not effective,” director Judson Freed of Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security said Tuesday as rail safety advocates called for more cooperation. “We need to know what […]

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City Weighs Options For Crude Oil Traveling By Rail

City Weighs Options For Crude Oil Traveling By Rail

July 10, 2015 | WYPR | Huge amounts of crude oil are passing through Maryland every year by rail. A dramatic expansion of oil and gas production in the US has left drillers with a central question: How do you get the crude from the oil fields in the middle of the country to  refineries on the […]

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Protests sparked on the second anniversary of ‘bomb train’ disaster

July 9, 2015 | MSNBC| Two years ago this week, a runaway oil train roared down hill and exploded, killing 47 people in the middle of the night. It decimated the small town of Lac-Megantic, Canada, and set off a roiling storm of protest that is peaking again with more than 80 planned actions against […]

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Legislators, residents hold news conference on oil train safety

Legislators, residents hold news conference on oil train safety

July 7, 2015 | Star Tribune| A group of DFL legislators, firefighters and other emergency officials and a citizen group used the second anniversary of the Lac-Megantic oil train disaster to hold a news conference demanding oil train safety. That disaster killed 47, and decontamination continues today. Members of Citizens Acting for Rail Safety held signs that […]

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Two Years After Oil Train Disaster, Profound Scars Remain in Lac-Mégantic

Two Years After Oil Train Disaster, Profound Scars Remain in Lac-Mégantic

July 7, 2015 | eNews Park Forest| A week of direct actions across Canada and the U.S. to stop so-called “bomb trains” began on Monday, the two-year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, when an unmanned train with 72 tankers carrying 30,000 gallons of crude oil careened into a small town in the Canadian province […]

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Blocking the Bomb Trains: Nationwide Protests On Lac-Megantic Anniversary

Blocking the Bomb Trains: Nationwide Protests On Lac-Megantic Anniversary

July 7, 2015 | DESMOG| “It’s corporate greed versus the common good, whether it’s rail safety or climate change.” Those were the words of Lowen Berman, a Portland activist involved in a blockade of oil train tracks to mark the second anniversary of the Lac-Megantic oil train disaster. Berman and 60 other activists protested in Portland today […]

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4 arrested after midair oil-train protest at Benicia Bridge

4 arrested after midair oil-train protest at Benicia Bridge

July 7, 2015 | SFGATE| Police arrested four Bay Area activists Monday morning after they suspended themselves from the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge to hang a banner protesting oil trains, the California Highway Patrol said. About 7:50 a.m., some of the activists suspended themselves from the bridge with cords as they tried to display a banner […]

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California Nurses, Teachers Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

California Nurses, Teachers Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

June 21, 2015 | indybay.org|“What should be the top priority, student and school staff safety, or oil company profits? We hope that the elected officials of San Luis Obispo County believe that their first responsibility is to the health and well-being of students and families that go to school and live near the railroad tracks,” […]

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