Saturday, July 5, 2014

North America: Oil by Rail Week of Action! July 6th - 13th. Vigil in memory of people who died in Lac-Megantic a year ago

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This July 6th - 13th, rise with Lac-Megantic, Quebec, to send the message: Keep the Oil Off the Rails and In the Ground!

Coming from residents in Lac-Megantic, this call to action is echoed by grassroots activists across North America along with ForestEthics,, Oil Change International and the Sierra Club. 

RSVP to an event near you or sign up to hold a solidarity vigil or action in memory of those lost in Lac-Megantic.
On July 6th, citizens of Lac-Megantic will gather for the solemn one year anniversary of the tragic oil train derailment that decimated their community, senselessly ending 47 lives. Yet instead of being able to peacefully honor the memory of those lives lost, residents are still fighting to keep the oil industry from resuming oil by rail shipments through their still-recovering town. 

At a time when the urgency for climate action is at its greatest in history, we cannot fall into the oil industry’s distracting debates on the ‘best methods’ to transport fossil fuels. As our movement has blocked climate-killing pipelines across North America, big oil has moved at an alarming rate to transport oil by rail. Yet despite dozens of oil train disasters, the oil industry is seeking to dramatically expand oil by rail in the US and in Canada. 
Where I live, many folks and critters would be affected by a train disaster. Taylor Dock is one place the trains pass under. Photo above from 2009 shows my late great dog at the esplanade above the train tracks. The trains pass under that trestle which is Taylor Dock. The local commemorative event will be held there July 6th, 2014 at 2PM (postal code 98225)

Pearl & I view very, very long oil train going north 06-2014 (Be careful re your speakers/volume. The train horn is very loud.) from Liz Marshall on Vimeo.