Philly demonstration: Lac Mégantic anniversary

Trains carrying particularly volatile crude oil from the oil fields of North Dakota by rail cross the length of PA.   Although this Philly coalition event is focusing on the immediate danger to Philadelphia residents (and demanding that there be provisions made for sufficient accident response), the Philly PA IPL group is always clear that they are not solely concerned about the possibility for accident, but also deeply concerned about the ways in which this extraction, transportation, and export fuel our worldwide addiction to fossil fuels, polluting our atmosphere, altering our climate, and slowing the necessary move to responsible forms of energy.  They’re working on a really exciting joint statement about the oil trains and a clean energy economy that we’ll announce as soon as we can.

In the meantime, the flier for this coalition event reads:

On July 6th, 2013, a train carrying Bakken Shale crude oil–the same kind that travels through the heart of Philadelphia twice daily–derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. 47 people were killed in the resulting explosion and fire. Half of the city’s downtown was destroyed. Join us on July 9th as part of a week of national actions to commemorate the lives that were lost from these dangerous oil trains.

Philadelphia got its warning in January when another oil train derailed over the Schuylkill River and Expressway. But we are no safer than we were then.

These trains travel close to homes, hospitals, schools, and parks, including the Schuylkill Banks trail, mere feet from people enjoying the outdoors. On July 9th, we’ll demand an end to this reckless endangerment of human life and health.

For more information, call (215) 545-0250