350 Maine Responds to Lac Megantic Train Disaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sunday, July 7, 2013

Press Advisory: 350 Maine Press Conference in Response to Quebec Train Explosion

CONTACT:
Meaghan LaSala: 973-862-7105
meaghan.lasala@gmail.com

Nancy Galland: 207-322-1693
nangalland@fairpoint.net

BANGOR, Maine -- Environmental group 350 Maine and Maine Earth First! will hold a press conference at noon in Hermon on Monday, July 8th in response to the tragic train accident that has claimed an undetermined number of lives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The 73 car train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in a populated downtown area early Saturday morning, just nine days after six protesters were arrested in Fairfield, ME for blocking a similar train, also carrying fracked Bakken crude from North Dakota.

WHO: Environmental group 350 Maine and Earth First!
WHAT: Press Conference in response to Lac-Megantic, Quebec train disaster.
WHERE: Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway Maine Headquarters. 11 Iron Road, Hermon, Maine.
WHEN: 12:00 PM, Monday, July 8
WHY: To express our sympathies and offer our support to the people of Lac-Megantic. To highlight the dangers of extreme oil, its devastating impact on front-line communities, and the overall crisis presented by climate change and the fossil fuel economy.

350 Maine will offer their support to the Lac-Megantic community. The demonstrators who were arrested will be there to make statements, as well as residents of Fairfield and other local towns along the route. In addition to expressing our committed support to the people of Lac Megantic, 350 will be connecting the dots between climate change, the rapid increase in the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels, and the hazards posed to all communities involved.lac_megantic.jpg

For a full press packet, email 350 Maine organizer Meaghan LaSala at meaghan.lasala@gmail.com or call 973-862-7105.