How close are you to oil trains and a derailment disaster? Use the blast zone map below to find out and take action.
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Millions of Canadians live in the blast zone. Do you?
Every day the oil industry sends millions of litres of highly flammable crude oil through cities and towns across North America. Our rail system was never built for this dangerous cargo.
This is not a viable alternative to pipelines nor is the danger of rail disasters an indication that pipelines should move forward. Increased oil shipments by pipeline or by rail both pose serious threats to our communities, our health and ultimately the stability of our global climate.
We have been fighting pipelines for years but now oil-by-rail shipments are quietly becoming a backdoor alternative for the oil industry without any of the public processes involved in approving new pipelines.
It’s time to take action! Sign the petition: Tell the Prime Minister and the Leaders of the Opposition to stop the threat of oil train disasters today!
To: Prime Minister Harper and the Leaders of the Opposition
It seems each month another town in North America is facing a terrifying oil train derailment, poisoned drinking water, or a deadly explosion. Our rail system takes these trains through population centers by schools and homes. Safety standards are weak and our emergency responders are not equipped for accidents.
We are not prepared for this threat:
- Oil trains are more than a kilometer-long with 100+ cars, concentrating the risk of an accident that could ignite the 70,000 barrels of crude on a single train.
- Between 2009 and 2013, oil train traffic in Canada increased 28,000% and is projected to continue to escalate through 2014 and 2015.
- Rail routes run right through major urban areas and cross water supplies. Our rail system was not designed to transport dangerous crude oil.
- Despite recent changes made by Transport Canada, dangerous DOT-111 cars still make up the majority of oil tanker trains and have serious flaws that make them highly prone to puncture during a derailment.
We have the solution:
- The first step: Ban all unsafe oil tanker cars.
- Prepare and equip emergency responders.
- Transport Canada must provide adequate regulatory oversight.
- Reroute trains around population centers and away from water supplies.
- Prevent new oil-by-rail routes, such as across the BC’s northwest.
We do not need the dangerous unconventional oil transported by these trains. The crude oil carried by train is more explosive and more toxic than conventional crude oil; it is also more carbon intensive. At a time when our oil use is decreasing and the threat of climate destabilization is growing, the risk from oil trains is unacceptable.
Tell Prime Minister Harper and the Leaders of the Opposition: Get exploding oil trains off the tracks
Oil train explosions and spills threaten millions of Canadians. Safety standards lag far behind the massive increase in oil train traffic; now it’s time to protect our families. Prime Minister Harper and the Leaders of the Opposition must act to take dangerous oil trains off the tracks.