Lac-Megantic Anniversary Events

Defend Our Communities and Our Climate from Oil-By-Rail

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Big Oil and federal regulators maintain that the Lac-Mégantic tragedy was the result of a “perfect storm” of things gone bad. But subsequent derailments and exploding tank cars—like in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick; Castleton, North Dakota; Lynchburg, Virginia; Buhl, Alabama, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—reveal that it was business as usual. A year after Lac-Mégantic, trains are still exploding. Rail and oil industries are still sending, and plan to send, even more oil by rail through our communities.

On July 6, the first anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic explosion that claimed 47 lives, 350 Maine will join with others to sponsor an Oil-By-Rail Presentation on Sunday, July 6, at Happy Acres Hall on 3704 Bennoch Road (Route 16) in Alton. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and runs through 6:00 p.m.

Program highlights include: Mainers for a Fossil-Free Future, which will present a slideshow on oil trains in Maine; Maria Girouard of the Penobscot Nation, who will talk about the sacredness of water and the need to protect this finite resource; Benjamin Marriner Pratt, a firefighter, paramedic, and hazardous materials technician with the Orono-Old Town Response Team, who will discuss Maine’s ability to respond to an oil train derailment and explosion, what trainings and resources are available, and what is lacking to provide effective response to this imminent threat.

The presentation will be followed by a potluck so please bring something to share. It is sponsored by Mainers for a Fossil-Free Future, 350 Maine, 350 Bangor, 350 Waldo County, and Happy Acres Hall. See this RSVP link for more information or contact Read at 207-382-6477.

Also on July 6, regional 350 Maine nodes have observances planned:

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  • In Belfast, 350 Waldo County is planting 47 sunflowers, one for each person who died in the explosion, at the community garden by the YMCA on 157 Lincolnville Avenue (Rte. 52) at 1:00 p.m. FMI and RSVP

  • In Brunswick, 350 Brunswick and Bowdoin Climate Action will gather at the Brunswick Mall at 12:00 noon for a vigil. FMI and RSVP.

  • In Damariscotta, a group of will be standing in silent vigil on the Damariscotta-Newcastle Bridge at 12:00 noon. FMI and RSVP.

  • In Portland, 350 Greater Portland is observing a vigil in Congress Square at 11:30 a.m. FMI and RSVP.

  • In Waterville, 350 Central Maine will have a short memorial at at the Universalist Unitarian Church lawn and will plant 47 sunflowers for the 47 victims. FMI and RSVP
  • In Dover, NH, 350 New Hampshire will hold a demonstration at the intersection of Washington and Central St. FMI and RSVP

Information on these and other commemorative events will be available on

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