Oil Train Week of Action takes place from Sunday July 6, to Sunday July 13, 2014.
On July 6, 2013, a runaway train filled with oil crashed into
Lac-Mégantic killing 47 people and decimating much of the small town.
While we will never be able to erase the scars from this tragic disaster, efforts are being made to transform the horrors of that day into an initiative that will protect people from the recklessness of the oil companies.
A number of vigils and actions are taking place this week in memory of those lost. It is also an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the people of Lac-Mégantic. The oil companies may continue to seek to put profits ahead of human lives but the events in this small town one year ago have galvanized opposition.
The lives lost cannot be in vain. A large number of people are vowing to make these tragic events into something that resonates for future generations. From the ashes of that terrible day there is a beacon of hope emerging.
We can stand up to oil wealth and we can protect people from the horrible fate of those who were killed and those whose lives were irrevocably changed forever.
© 2014, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.
The Environmental and Emotional Legacy of the Lac-Mégantic Disaster
More Oil Being Shipped by Rail = More Risks
Curtailing the Transport of Oil by Pipe and Rail
Growing Opposition to Shipping Oil by Rail
Criminal Charges Leveled Against those Responsible for the Lac Megantic Disaster
The Rail Company that Decimated the Town of Lac Megantic Quebec Sold at Auction
MMA’s Bankruptcy Protection is Unconscionable
Massive Oil Spill from Train Derailment in the Town of Lac Megantic
The Dangers of Transporting Fossil Fuels
Train Derails and Spills Oil in Lynchburg Virginia
Train Derails Spilling Oil in Saskatchewan
Oil Bearing Train Derails and Explodes in New Brunswick
Train Carrying Fossil Fuels Derails Causing an Explosion and Fire in Alberta
Train Derails Spilling Coal into a BC Waterway
Video – Train Carrying Oil Derails Illustrating the Dangers of Transporting Fossil Fuels
New Government Regulation of Oil Trains
Transport Canada’s New Train Safety Rules for Transporting Fossil Fuels
CN Plans to Phase Out Rail Cars that Caused the Lac Megantic Disaster
Stop Old Trains from Transporting Oil
Tables – Rail Traffic in North America
Graphs – Oil Shipped by Rail