Over the past three years, we have worked with environmental and public health allies, workers, and neighborhoods across Baltimore to fight crude oil trains. These shipments travel throughout Maryland, along some of our largest rivers, across critical infrastructure, and through the heart of Baltimore City, enabling fossil fuel development that's driving climate change put our homes, schools, and drinking water at risk. If a train car carrying crude oil derails, it explodes catastrophically. In March 2017, Baltimore City passed the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition, a landmark victory that will prevent any new terminals for crude oil from being built in Baltimore.
Decision by Texas-based Targa Terminals Reduces Dangerous Bakken Oil by Rail Through City
Baltimore Residents and Environmental Organizations to Call for action from City Council after Hazardous Train derails in the Howard Street Tunnel
After inaction by the City Council, activists are demanding health and safety studies to be conducted on oil trains in Baltimore City; analysis shows 165,000 Baltimore residents live within the potential one-mile blast zone of an oil train disaster
We’ve had a busy summer 2016 in Maryland! So much great work is being done to protect Maryland’s environment. Continue reading below to find out about some of our local victories from across the State.