We will gather on Wednesday, July 9, to commemorate the 47 people who died from an oil train explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, and to protest the movement of oil trains through our community. These trains are extremely dangerous. They are already coming through Sacramento on their way to Bay Area refineries and are expected to increase to five or six 100-car trains a day within a few years (unless we raise our voices now!). It's time to stop the insanity!
Please join us on Wednesday, July 9, from 12-1 pm at the Federal Railroad Administration building at 8th & I St. Bring signs in the shape of oil cars.
PS. The attached press release has much more information. Please share this email widely and plan to join us on Wednesday with your friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers. Watch for the flyer that's coming soon.
PPS. There will also be a protest at the Davis Amtrak Station on both July 8 & 9 from 4–7 pm.
For Immediate Release
What: Oil Train Protest
Where: In front of the Federal Railroad Administration offices, 801 I St., Sacramento
When: Wednesday, July 9 from noon to 1 pm
Sponsored by: 350 Sacramento
Contact: Laurie Litman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-284-1627
On July 6, 2013, an oil train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people and destroying much of the downtown. Since then there have been many more derailments, explosions, and spills, although luckily not in populated areas.
These oil trains, some with highly flammable cargo, are coming in increasing numbers through Sacramento, right through the middle of town. At least one train is already coming through each week, two 100-car trains per day are currently awaiting approval, and the California Energy Commission (CEC) anticipates five or six 100-car trains per day within a few years when 25% of California’s crude will arrive by rail. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.
These trains are carrying flammable Bakken crude oil from North Dakota and toxic tar sands bitumen from Canada to five oil refineries in the Bay Area. This crude is extracted using extreme, energy-intensive means and is shipped in unsafe rail cars that were not designed to carry hazardous materials over tracks that have not been used for this much weight in some very sensitive areas of California—through cities and towns, over bridges, and along major waterways, including the American River.
Beyond the immediate danger posed by the passage of these oil trains through our communities, the oil being transported will ultimately contribute to more climate change. According to the CEC, California reduced its oil consumption from 700 million to 600 million barrels in the last year due to conservation efforts. We showed that we can conserve energy, change our habits, and transition to proven renewable technology for our energy needs. The danger presented by the oil trains is completely unnecessary, especially since the refined oil will mostly be sold on the open market. Fossil fuels are best left in the ground while we shift away from our dependence on carbon.
On July 9, 2014, as part of the North American Week of Action on Oil by Rail, Sacramento will join with cities throughout the US and Canada to remember the 47 people killed in Lac-Megantic and to call on our local, state, and national leaders to stop this insanity. We don’t want a tragedy like this in Sacramento.
350 Sacramento is a local grassroots organization working to address climate change. Our goals are 1) to generate awareness of the urgent need for greenhouse gas reduction, 2) support local initiatives that promote a low-carbon lifestyle and/or reduce greenhouse gases, and 3) help build a global climate movement by engaging with Sacramento area citizens and community groups. Learn more at http://www.350sacramento.org or email@example.com.