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Greenlaurel: Baltimore To Consider ‘No Oil Bomb Train’ Legislation

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The “no oil train” coalition protested during Artscape 2017 – a venue right in the potential oil blast zone.

A dedicated group of Baltimore’s faith leaders, communities and environmentalists have been working hard to put the kibosh on highly flammable “oil bomb trains” entering Baltimore City. The Baltimore City Council will soon consider a creative local zoning law designed to seriously limit dangerous oil trains’ terminal expansion. Here’s why you should care and also some simple actions you can take to make your voice heard.

Flammable Oil Trains in Baltimore: All The Risk With No Reward

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It's been three years since an oil train exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec killing 47 people.
It’s been three years since an oil train exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec killing 47 people.

Why are highly flammable crude oil trains continuing to travel through the heart of Baltimore?  Last month, another oil train exploded in Oregon, the thirteenth accident since 2013. June 13, on the same train tracks that oil trains travel in Baltimore, a 124-car train derailed near the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. A potential oil train explosion is the last thing our town needs. As Baltimore’s oil train story gains local press coverage, here’s what you need to know.

Next stop for Oil Bomb Trains: Baltimore?

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How would Baltimore's again train tunnel handle an oil train fire similar to this Lynchburg, VA explosion?
How would Baltimore’s Inner Harbor-area handle an oil train fire similar to this Lynchburg, VA explosion?

If Targa Resources has its way, “oil bomb” trains will rumble through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on their way to the company’s proposed Curtis Bay oil storage facility.  The same type of oil trains that exploded in West Virginia this week may already be chugging through Baltimore, but no one knows for sure if that’s true or not. Let’s take a look at how our country’s fracking boom may put thousands of Maryland homes squarely in a potential oil train blast zone and also learn who’s trying to protect Maryland’s citizens.

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