Community Activism

Legal Challenge Brought Over Oil Train Safety Rules

Legal Challenge Brought Over Oil Train Safety Rules

June 21, 2015 | KMA Land| (KMAland) — A legal challenge has been mounted against the U.S. Department of Transportation, claiming proposed new agency rules don’t do enough to protect Iowans and others across the country who live along oil train routes. The environmental lawfirm Earthjustice is representing the groups that filed the administrative appeal. […]

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Oil Train Secrets: Fighting For Information In The Northwest

Oil Train Secrets: Fighting For Information In The Northwest

J une 13, 2015 | KUOW| EVERETT, Wash. – Dean Smith, 72, sits in his car by the tracks north of Seattle. It’s a dark, rainy Tuesday night, and Smith waits for an oil train to come through town. These trains are distinctive: A mile long, they haul 100 or so black, pill-shaped cars that […]

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Rail safety advocates ask judge to pause marsh expansion

Rail safety advocates ask judge to pause marsh expansion

June 2, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune |A group of rail safety and environmental advocates is asking a judge to temporarily halt work on a second BNSF track through the La Crosse River marsh until the court decides whether the railroad’s permit is legal. With help from the nonprofit Midwest Environmental Advocates, La Crosse County […]

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BNSF President Greeted by Bomb Train Protestors in Chicago

BNSF President Greeted by Bomb Train Protestors in Chicago

May 27, 2015 | Desmogblog.com | Today at the annual North American Rail Shippers Association, Carl Ice, president of rail company Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) had his keynote address interrupted by members of Rising Tide Chicago. The activists carried banners reading, “BNSF: Profits over Safety” and “BNSF: Bomb Trains Kill.” [Read the entire article here.]

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Citizens group launches campaign for safer railroads

Citizens group launches campaign for safer railroads

April 6, 2015 | The Journal | Rail yards can be challenging neighbors. Gayle Bonneville, a resident of Waite Park in Northeast Minneapolis, knows this firsthand. She lives near Shoreham Yards and has been coping with life near trains for years. She has served on an a citizen’s advisory group working on redevelopment ideas for […]

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Safety concerns grow along paths of oil tanker train traffic

Safety concerns grow along paths of oil tanker train traffic

March 15,2015|Journal Sentinel|A growing tide of crude oil is being shipped by railroads through Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, at a time when the industry is coming under closer scrutiny because of safety concerns. Four freight trains carrying crude oil have crashed and burned in the United States and Canada since mid-February. [Read the entire article here.]

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Locals contest BNSF permit approval

Locals contest BNSF permit approval

March 11, 2015|News 8000|LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) –A group of area residents is taking legal action against the Wisconsin DNR for granting a railway expansion permit to Burlington Northern Santa Fe.  In order for a proposed second rail line to become a reality in La Crosse BNSF needs to be granted multiple permits by the […]

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Derailments put oil train expansion in the crosshairs

Derailments put oil train expansion in the crosshairs

March 6, 2015| McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON — After a BNSF Railway oil train derailed and burst into flames Thursday near Galena, Ill., at least one community group has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend permits for rail expansions along the upper Mississippi River. Of the 70 oil trains a week that leave […]

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Thank YOU!!!

Thank YOU!!!

CARS – Citizens Acting for Rail Safety as well as those who follow the DOT-111 Reader were able to raise $3,845 yesterday to help the MEA – Midwest Environmental Advocates. The MEA has worked tirelessly to advocate for citizen groups throughout the Midwest on matters related to rail expansion,  frac-sand mining industry, unsustainable farming practices […]

Oil train foes rally

Oil train foes rally

February 10, 2015 | Times Sun Union| Opponents of continued rail shipments of crude oil into the Port of Albany rallied Monday in a snowstorm outside the downtown Albany headquarters of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, renewing calls that the state take a closer look at potential environmental and safety risks. “We are asking for […]

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