Sign Penn Environment petition:
No more West Virginia disasters. Ban all oil trains today.
West Virginia is reeling from yesterday’s oil train catastrophe. Flames are shooting 300 feet in the air, oil is leaking into the Kanawha River, which supplies drinking water for downstream communities.
Incredibly, over 700,000 Philadelphians live in the evacuation zone of an oil train crash. 400,000 Pittsburghers are at risk including 91,000 kids.
Tell the U.S. Department of Transportation it’s time to ban these oil trains before another disaster happens.
The unfolding oil train disaster in West Virginia is the latest story of one of these exploding oil bombs derailing in our community. These trains travel through residential areas, major cities, and near millions of people. It’s time to ban oil trains before another disaster happens and even more damage is done.
photo from “Train derailment sends crude oil cars into Kanawha River; explosions erupt,” MetroNews, the Voice of West Virginia, 2/16/15: