We see it happening more frequently; railways are endangering communities all over North America by sending trains jam-packed with unsafe tankers full of dirty, dangerous oil right through the heart of their communities. You and I know that if we don’t do something about this growing threat, the Oil Industry will continue to push exploding rail cars through more and more towns across Canada, Maine, and the rest of the United States. Now we are asking for you to do that something!
The success of our movement to stall pipeline expansion has created the rush towards crude-by-rail, or “rolling pipelines.” Now that Keystone XL has been delayed again, the time is ripe to strategically expand our opposition towards this pervasive threat. As proposed crude-by-rail infrastructure crisscrosses North America, opportunities for intervention and impact are widespread, and Maine is on the route between well heads and the sea—or to New Brunswick and the Irving refinery.
ForestEthics, Le Carré Bleu Lac-Mégantic, Oil Change International, Sierra Club, 350 Maine, and 350.org are teaming up with North American communities endangered by these rail shipments to stop oil by rail. You've joined us in taking action to stop unsafe rail cars from endangering the Maine cities of Fairfield and Auburn. Join with us to protect all communities from unsafe oil by rail.
In the horror of the July 6, 2013 decimation of the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, we witnessed the disastrous consequences of the crude-by-rail rush. The incineration of the Lac-Mégantic downtown by an out-of-control oil train and the tragic deaths of 47 residents demonstrates the darkest peril of the oil industry’s reckless endangerment. The one-year anniversary of this tragic disaster is a time to remember this loss and let it spur our resolve to defend our communities from similar catastrophes.
This year on July 6, citizens of Lac-Mégantic will gather for a solemn anniversary remembrance of the derailment and firebomb that decimated their community and ended 47 lives. Interfering with their ability to peacefully honor the memory of those lives lost, Lac-Mégantic residents must continue to resist Rail and Oil Industry plans to resume oil-by-rail shipments through their still-recovering town; the Central Maine and Québec Railway (formerly Montreal, Maine & Atlantic) includes resumption of unit trains of Bakken crude oil as a major part of its business plan. It is only a matter of time before our communities are once again at extreme risk unless we act. We need you to help us build a movement in YOUR community!
Lac-Mégantic’s struggle is a grim reminder to us all: Big Oil will stop at nothing to extract, transport, and burn every drop of oil in the ground. No matter the risk, no matter the cost to public health, safety, and the climate, the Oil industry will jump at every opportunity to profit.
Join with us this July and help send a strong, unified message to local, regional, and national decision makers: KEEP DIRTY OIL OFF THE RAILS AND IN THE GROUND!
350 Maine Oil Train Campaign
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