Texas Company Withdraws Plan to Send Oil Trains Through Baltimore

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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.

Baltimore Fishbowl’s Laurel Peltier has been carefully detailing the potential risks Baltimore faces from trains carrying crude oil through Baltimore City. This week, one company made a move that means new oil won’t be rolling through town.

Targa Terminals withdrew a plan to create a terminal in the Fairfield area of South Baltimore. The Texas-based company planned to ship crude oil through the city, which drew opposition from environmental groups. The state’s environmental department put Targa’s application on hold last year after requesting more info. Instead of supplying the info, Targa withdrew the application.

They point to train derailments that have led to explosions in other areas. The oil originates from drilling at the Bakken formation in North Dakota.

“This is a victory for Baltimore communities and for the climate,” said Jon Kenney, Healthy Communities Organizer with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “Thanks to citizen and legal pressure, Targa has terminated its plan to ship more dangerous crude oil out of Baltimore, and bring a new surge of oil trains through our communities.”

However, Kenney noted that trains are still carrying crude oil through Baltimore. He called on the City Council to conduct health and safety studies of the oil trains



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