Repost from Oil Change International
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Stop the Killer Oil Trains
Big Oil is getting desperate: with pipelines being blocked left and right, the industry is increasingly turning to oil-by-rail as a way to transport their climate-destroying product to market. What’s worse, they’re doing it with ancient railcars that are prone to explode catastrophically when derailed.
We already know that oil-by-rail is not only dangerous, but deadly. In the summer of 2013, a train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Canada, leveling buildings and killing 47 people. Since then there have been dozens of train derailments and tanker car explosions across the continent, including on April 30th right in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.
Right now, there are nearly a million barrels of oil per day crisscrossing the country by rail and there could be a whole lot more in the coming years. It’s time to stand up to the special interests and demand the safety of our communities and our climate be put ahead of corporate profits.