Statement: Oil Train Accident in West Virginia

ForestEthics (via Common Dreams) | February 17, 2015 | Press Release

Bellingham, WA - Yesterday an oil train carrying explosive Bakken crude derailed and caught fire in Fayette County, West Virginia. Forty-eight hours earlier, on Saturday, an oil train carrying toxic Alberta tar sands derailed and spilled in Ontario, Canada.

Todd Paglia, ForestEthics executive director, released the following statement:

“Oil trains are simply too dangerous for the rails. Whether it is explosive Bakken crude or toxic Alberta tar sands this extreme oil cannot be transported safely by train. Twenty-five million Americans live in the blast zone and nearly everyone else lives downstream of an oil train route.

“As these events unfold the Obama Administration is developing new safety regulations. They need to take a close look at the events of this weekend. No tank car is safe to carry this dangerous cargo.”

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Founded in 2000, ForestEthics is a nonprofit environmental organization with staff in Canada, the United States and C­hile. Our mission is to protect Endangered Forests and wild places, wildlife, and human wellbeing--one of our focus areas is climate change, which compromises all of our efforts if left unchecked. We catalyze environmental leadership among industry, governments and communities by running hard-hitting and highly effective campaigns that leverage public dialogue and pressure to achieve our goals.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/02/17/statement-oil-train-accident-west-virginia

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