Two years after a bomb train blew up a town and killed 47 people, oil trains are still rolling through our neighborhoods. RSVP here to join a 'stop the oil trains' action in your city next month.
Every day a bomb is rolling through America. It shudders past schools. It clatters by parks and wildlife. It's a bomb on rails, and we've seen what happens when it explodes: Two years ago a bomb train killed 47 people in a small town in Canada.1 Only luck has prevented the same thing from happening here in America - where bomb trains have derailed or exploded in Illinois, Maryland, Montana, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Virginia and West Virginia, just to name a few of the biggest accidents.2 And that's just what we know about: News reports say Big Oil and the railroad barons are keeping tons of information about the Bomb Trains secret.3
Bomb trains have already killed dozens of people and burned several towns. If they weren't carrying oil for the richest companies in the world, we'd treat them like a national security threat. And yet the Obama team says "Laissez les Bomb Train Roullez!" with weak rules that will not protect our communities or the planet.
That's why from July 6-12, thousands of people across the U.S. and Canada will stand up to Big Oil’s explosive, toxic, climate polluting oil trains. If enough of us stand up and speak out to say STOP, we can block these dangerous shipments and capture the attention of millions of our neighbors. Dozens of activists have already volunteered to host events from Alabama to Washington state. Will you join us at a stop the bomb trains event in your town?
This movement needs YOU because Bomb Trains are rolling through your town, or the town next door. And until we stand up and say "stop" they're going to keep shipping these deadly fireballs that are waiting to happen.
That's why we’re helping to organize dozens of actions in the U.S. and Canada for the Stop Oil Trains Week of Action. But we need as many people to show up as possible if we're going to make a big splash and capture the attention of the media and decision makers.
RSVP to attend a Bomb Trains rally in your town. Or, if you don't see one, why not offer to host a gathering yourself? If you have a few friends who are willing to get together and take a stop oil trains photo, you’ve got an action.
Big Oil will stop at nothing to extract, transport and burn every drop of oil in the ground -- even if it means putting our communities at risk. Oil trains are a disaster for our health, our safety and our climate. Now is the time for us to stand up and say: No more.
Drew and the Bomb Train disposal crew at Environmental Action
1 - Allan Woods, New charges in Lac-Mégantic derailment, The Toronto Star, June 22 2014
2 - The Right to know Network, ERNS results 2010-2014 for railroad incidents involving oil
3 - By Ashley Ahearn, Growing oil train traffic is shrouded in secrec, KUOW/PRX, June 13, 2015