Bomb Trains: Pipelines on Wheels @ Eerie Reader

The burden of risk for crude oil trains falls disproportionately on a community’s most vulnerable citizens, according to a study by PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center, ForestEthics, and ACTION United released in February.

The report, Environmental Justice and Oil Trains in Pennsylvania, found that people of color and low-income were more likely to live along the rail routes compared with white and higher-income communities.

Zoe Cina-Sklar, who led the study for PennEnvironment, maintains that oil trains will never be safe, and that as a nation we need to transition away from using oil trains, and for that matter, dirty energy, altogether. But until then, she says, it’s crucial that emergency management personnel reach out to the people who are most at risk… READ MORE