In the year since five fiery oil train disasters in the US and Canada brought national attention to the threat from trains hauling explosive crude oil, the rail industry has embarked on a high profile public relations exercise to reassure the public that deadly disasters can be averted by emergency responders. In fact, the reality of oil train accidents -- and the unanimous opinion of fire officials and federal rail safety experts -- proves that there is no fighting an oil train derailment and fire. The scene of a crude oil derailment and fire is an uncontrollable fire.
Oil train derailments, yet more externalities gifted to the people by Big Oil. This issue is a poster child for why regulations need to be stringent and enforced. “For the people”, my a$$.
“For the Corporations”, our a$$e$.
How many such trains are moving through Washington D.C. and the surrounding suburbs? How much fracking is being done there?