Fwd: Update in the fight to stop exploding oil trains
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:09:30 -0700 (PDT)
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Scott Jackson
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From: Josh Nelson, CREDO Action <act [at] credoaction.com>
Date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM
Subject: Update in the fight to stop exploding oil trains
To: Scott Jackson <sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com>

    Dear Scott,

The Obama administration's big public comment period on safety rules for
exploding oil trains closes at the end of the day tomorrow.

You and more than 68,000 other CREDO activists have already submitted
public comments. But we need as many comments as possible to pressure the
administration to strengthen the rule on shipping oil by rail.

* Can you help spread the word by asking your friends, family members and
colleagues to submit a public comment today? Here are three things you can

*1. Forward the email below to anyone you know who may be interested.*

*2. If you're on Facebook, click here to share the public comment form.

*3. If you're on Twitter, click here to Tweet the public comment form.

 Thank you for fighting to keep exploding oil trains out of Minnesota.

- Josh Nelson, CREDO Action

P.S. You can go directly to the public comment form by clicking here.
  [image: CREDO Action]  *Tell the Obama administration: Protect Americans
from exploding oil trains.*

*Submit a public comment before the September 30 deadline telling the
Department of Transportation to keep exploding oil trains out of American
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Dear Scott,


Since 2008 there has been a shocking 4,000% increase in rail shipments of
toxic and highly flammable Bakken crude oil across the United States1
-- *putting
25 million Americans who live near the rail routes in the path of poorly
designed oil trains with a tendency to rupture and explode.2*

Finally -- after a record year of these dirty oil pipelines on wheels
derailing, spilling, and exploding across the country3 -- the Department of
Transportation has proposed safety rules for shipping oil by rail.

Incredibly, despite the Obama administration's admission that shipping oil
by rail represents an “imminent hazard,”4 *the dangerously weak draft rules
do more to protect oil industry profits than they do to keep Americans safe
or prevent oil spills.*

*Tell the Department of Transportation: Keep exploding oil trains out of
American communities. Submit a public comment now and we’ll deliver it
before the September 30 public comment deadline.

Federal regulators have known since 1991 that the most common railway
tanker car – known as the DOT-111 – is prone to rupture and explode during
derailments. There are more than 100,000 deadly DOT-111 cars are currently
in service nationwide,5 but under the Obama administration’s new draft
rules, it could take more than three years for these cars to be phased out
of use for shipping highly flammable and explosive Bakken crude.6

With oil companies looking to expand on the already-booming oil production
in the Alberta tar sands and the Bakken formation in North Dakota, they are
relying on these unsafe rail cars to bring their oil to refineries and
coastal shipping ports. *We can’t let the oil industry continue to endanger
communities with rail cars that have serious safety problems.*

*Tell the Department of Transportation: Protect Americans from exploding
oil trains. Submit a public comment now.

Removing dangerous DOT-111 rail cars from our railroads and ensuring that
the replacements are built to higher standards is only one way that the
Department of Transportation can take action to improve rail safety.

It also needs to limit the number of tank cars of flammable fluids that can
be placed in the same train to fewer than 20, allow local municipalities to
keep explosive oil trains out of their communities, and ensure that all oil
trains are equipped with the best possible brakes and brake signaling

Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx promised recently that
the final regulations will “do the right thing for safety in America.”7 But
the draft rules don’t meet that standard, and we only have until September
30 to pressure the Department of Transportation to give us the strong
safety rules we need.

*Tell the Department of Transportation: Keep exploding oil trains out of
American communities. Submit a public comment now.

Thanks for fighting to keep exploding oil trains out of our communities.

Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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 Learn more about this campaign

1. "Obama officials tighten safety rules for railways
<http://act.credoaction.com/go/6416?t=12&akid=11785.3204135.R-LKqr>," The
Hill, July 23, 2014.
2. "MAP: 25 Million Americans Live Within The ‘Blast Zone’ Of An Oil Train
<http://act.credoaction.com/go/6417?t=13&akid=11785.3204135.R-LKqr>," Think
Progress, July 9, 2014.
3. "Crude by Rail across the U.S.
4. "U.S. Issues Safety Alert for Oil Trains
<http://act.credoaction.com/go/6419?t=15&akid=11785.3204135.R-LKqr>," New
York Times, May 7, 2014.
5. "Obama officials tighten safety rules for railways
<http://act.credoaction.com/go/6416?t=16&akid=11785.3204135.R-LKqr>," The
Hill, July 23, 2014.
6. "Obama's Safer Oil Train Plan Faces Rulemaking Hurdles
Inside Climate News, July 25, 2014.
7. "Are tighter rules for crude oil trains chugging along too slowly?
<http://act.credoaction.com/go/6421?t=18&akid=11785.3204135.R-LKqr>," PBS
Newshour, July 23, 2014.
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