Community Activism

La Crosse Residents Demand Environmental Impact Statement For Train Track Expansion

La Crosse Residents Demand Environmental Impact Statement For Train Track Expansion

January 7, 2015 | WPR|At a public DNR hearing in La Crosse on Wednesday, many of the nearly 200 residents in attendance urged the agency and BNSF to conduct an environmental impact statement for the project. Alan Stankevitz is a member of Citizens Acting for Rail Safety, which opposes the rail expansion and is calling […]

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Dozens voice concerns over second rail line in La Crosse

January 7, 2015 | News8000| The city of La Crosse has already agreed to a $4 million deal with BNSF but to move forward with plans, the railway company now needs a permit of approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It’s something many residents hope doesn’t happen without a closer look at how […]

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Tribal leaders, Commissioner warn of oil train dangers

November 20, 2014 | Washington State DNR | OLYMPIA – Increased oil train traffic on Washington’s aging rail system puts the state’s people and ecosystems at risk, according to an opinion piece by ten tribal leaders and the Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, published today in the Seattle Times. “Crude By Rail: […]

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Enviro Health Group Maps Crude Oil Train Risks To Schools

Enviro Health Group Maps Crude Oil Train Risks To Schools

November 20, 2014 | Hudson Valley News | A public health group has mapped what it calls new risks posed to children who attend schools near crude oil train lines in the Hudson Valley as well as throughout New York. Environmental groups added their voices to the discussion in calling on regulators and the rail […]

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Environmental, safety risks dominate public testimony on oil train shipments

Environmental, safety risks dominate public testimony on oil train shipments

October 29, 2014 | Inlander| Hundreds of concerned citizens waved their hands and protest signs in silent support as dozens of people offered public testimony Tuesday night against the increased crude oil traffic passing through Spokane. As part of an ongoing study of safety risks, the state Department of Ecology hosted the public hearing for […]

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Environmental groups sue U.S. Department of Transportation over oil train safety

Environmental groups sue U.S. Department of Transportation over oil train safety

September 11, 2014 | Oregon Live | SEATTLE — Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars. Accident investigators have complained for decades that the cars are too easily punctured or ruptured when derailed, leading to spills. [Read the entire article […]

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Opponents speak out against BNSF line

Opponents speak out against BNSF line

September 12, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | Opponents of a second BNSF Railway line along La Crosse’s east side called on the city council Thursday to delay any agreement with the company until federal officials decide whether a public hearing is needed on the plan. The group, many aligned with Citizens Acting for Rail […]

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5 arrested, tracks blocked in Everett protest of oil trains

5 arrested, tracks blocked in Everett protest of oil trains

September 2, 2014 | Seattle Times | Five people were arrested Tuesday after tying themselves to poles erected over the railroad tracks at a BNSF Railway yard in Everett that about a dozen demonstrators blocked to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest. [Read the entire article here.]

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Albany Oil Train Protest: Citizens Demand Action

Albany Oil Train Protest: Citizens Demand Action

August 27, 2014 | WAMC | Representatives from a wide range of organizations gathered outside the Governor’s Mansion on Albany’s Eagle Street just before noon tuesday. They say Andrew Cuomo isn’t doing enough to protect the people of New York from the risks of crude oil trains. Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas The rally […]

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3 arrested in oil train protest

3 arrested in oil train protest

July 31, 2014 | KIRO TV | A candidate for state legislature was among those arrested for criminal trespass after refusing to leave the train tracks in an oil train protest Thursday in Seattle. Jess Spear told KIRO 7 it was not a political stunt as she and two others were arrested. More than a […]

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