BOOM: Crude Oil Bomb Trains Exploding in North America

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A documentary investigates the threat from volatile and toxic crude oil bomb trains now rolling through neighborhoods across North America. After five fiery accidents in the first five months of 2015, one can only ask: “Whose community will explode next?” Join us in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 4-5 at the County Administration to tell the planning commission to stop the oil train madness from coming to California. More Info: http://ow.ly/XlpaX  

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Image from Sightline Institute, arranged by Spike Lewis.

Boom: North America’s Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem

On July 6, 2013, a train carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people and incinerating the downtown. Since then, multiple oil trains have exploded on the U.S. side of the border, where the surge in domestic oil production now  sends millions of trainloads of crude through cities and small towns, an increase in 4,000 percent in the last five years.

Check Out Events Near You: Stop Oil Trains Week of Action, July 6-12, 2015: StopOilTrains.org

The Weather Channel and InsideClimate News teamed up to investigate the problem of exploding railcars in “Boom: America’s Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem.” The documentary accompanies an investigation by reporters Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones, who explain why federal regulations to protect the public have been stalled by the railroads and the oil industry.

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