EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

This Month, NWSOFA will feature a discussion on railroad transportation of dangerous goods including oil trains and other hazardous goods transported through our rails, roads, and air.

Moderator Gerri Songer will host:

Bruce Campbell (formerly with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
• Investigative Journalist Justin Mikulka
• Railroad Workers United representatives Fritz Edler, Mark Burrows, and Michelle Burke.

The January meeting on Climate Change issues will feature a discussion on railroad transportation of dangerous goods including oil trains and other hazardous goods transported through our rails, roads, and air. Moderator Gerri Songer will host Bruce Campbell, formerly with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Investigative Journalist Justin Mikulka; and Railroad Workers United representatives Fritz Edler, Mark Burrows, and Michelle Burke. Fossil fuels transported on rail and truck are directly connected to the climate crisis. Please join us.

JUSTIN MIKULKA is an investigative journalist for the independent news and research organization DeSmog and author of the book, Bomb Trains: How Industry Greed and Regulatory Failure Put the Public at Risk. For the past five years, Justin has reported on the growing threat of explosive oil and ethanol trains in North America. Mikulka holds a degree in environmental engineering from Cornell University. He currently lives in Trumansburg, New York.

For Purchase on Amazon:
Bomb Trains: How Industry Greed and Regulatory Failure Put the Public at Risk

BRUCE CAMPBELL is a former Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, one of Canada’s leading independent think tanks. Author of The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied, Campbell also wrote three major reports and a number of media commentaries on the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, in which he chronicles the history of regulatory and managerial failure that made the Lac- Mégantic wreck invisible and which drives the increasingly risky industry that hasn’t learned any of the lessons revealed there.

For Purchase on Amazon:
The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied

Please join us. Everyone Welcome!

Link to event information:
https://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/161280/signup/

Cisco Webex Link: https://nwsofaindivisible.my.webex.com/meet/ofa.nws


There are 14,800 schools and 5.7 million students within the “OILTRAIN BLAST ZONE”. Chicago, with 77,000 kids at school in that zone is one of the top five U.S. cities having schoolchildren at risk from oil train derailments and explosions.

IL SR 0982 Hazardous Material Near School was adopted February 26, 2020 and co-sponsored by Sen. Julie Morrison and Sen. Laura Murphy

Tommy Brown, a Legislative Aid who handles transportation issues for Congressman Brad Schneider and works with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has worked on a similar Hazardous Materials Near Schools bill at the federal level. He states, “Revisiting our bill is on my list in the coming weeks, hope to have more for you come February [2021].”

ASK:

FIRST – View People-B4-Profits.org for a detailed Action Plan.

SECOND – Contact Congressman Brad Schneider’s office and ask for the introduction of a Hazardous Materials Near Schools Bill that Tommy Brown and Gerri Songer have worked on.

Congressman Brad Schneider
Lincolnshire Office
111 Barclay Blvd, Suite 200
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Phone: 847-383-4870
https://schneider.house.gov/contact/offices

THIRD – Contact your local School Boards and demand transparent emergency response plans for a worst-case scenario specific to the transport and storage of hazardous materials.  Refer to the legislation, SR 0982.

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