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Train Tunnels through West Baltimore

August 18, 2017

On Wednesday, the Baltimore City Council held an investigational hearing on the proposed B&P Tunnel expansion through West Baltimore.  For the past few years, the Federal Railway Administration tasked Amtrak, MDOT, and Baltimore DOT with finding a solution to the constraints of the existing B&P Tunnel underneath West Baltimore: its narrowness and disrepair slow down and sometimes disrupt Amtrak and MARC passengers traveling betwen Baltimore and DC.  But residents of the neighborhoods above the proposed new tunnel have been

15 people hold signs saying "Stop Oil Trains" and showing train tank cars and flames as news media films

A close call last year in Baltimore - why we need to #stopoiltrains

June 13, 2017

One year ago today, I was woken up by texts letting me know that a train had derailed in downtown Baltimore and asking me if I knew what was going on.  I had been working to fight crude oil trains for almost two years then, so I knew what might have happened if the train cars that had derailed had carried crude oil: an explosion and fire that would have killed community residents in their homes, damaged the campuses of the University of Baltimore and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and changed the face of Baltimore.  Fortunately, the cars carried liquified petroleum gas vapors and ac

Fight for climate justice in DC and fair development in Baltimore.

April 17, 2017

For over a century, Baltimore has been a hub for dirty energy sources and other industry that has put our environment and our communities in danger.   From coal-burning power plants and the BRESCO trash incinerator to crude oil train terminals and the coal export facility in South Baltimore, dirty energy has made Baltimore fail to meet health-based air quality standards, displaced residents, all while failing to supply enough jobs to keep Baltimore's economy strong.  But in the next tw

An aerial view of Sparrow's Point in Baltimore County, with the FSK Bridge and Baltimore City in the background.

Offshore wind, onshore jobs in Baltimore

March 23, 2017

For over a century, Baltimore has been a hub for dirty energy sources and other industry that has put our environment and our communities in danger.   From coal-burning power plants and the BRESCO trash incinerator to crude oil train terminals and the coal export facility in South Baltimore, dirty energy has made Baltimore fail to meet health-based air quality standards, displaced residents, all while failing to supply enough jobs to keep Baltimore's economy strong.  The city has long

Over 30 Baltimore residents outside of City Hall wearing red in support of the Oil Trains Ordinance

Baltimore residents rally against #crudeoiltrains - but no progress on safety bill

November 3, 2016

"I don't want to be sitting here when something happens and we didn't do everything we could possibly do to prevent it."

Oil Train photo by Jennifer Kunze

Oil Train Victories Across the Country

August 25, 2016

In Baltimore, Clean Water Action has been working for two years to prevent further oil train traffic from passing through our city and to make sure the City government, emergency services, and the public know all of the risks and health impacts that oil train shipments can cause. Our campaign is only a part of a nation-wide effort to stop oil trains, and the past few weeks have seen a lot of important victories and news across the country.

Baltimore Oil Train Action July 2016 (Jennifer Kunze, Clean Water Action)

Baltimore Oil Trains Week of Action

July 11, 2016

Wednesday, July 6th marked the third anniversary of the deadly oil train explosion in Lac-Mégantic, when 47 people lost their lives in the fires caused by train cars carrying crude oil derailing and breaching in the center of their town.  In commemoration of this tragedy, over 60 communities across the continent put at risk by oil trains are holding vigils and protests this week to draw attention to the deadly risks of these shipments. In Washington DC,  we j

Oil trains. photo: istock, breath10

What Philadelphia Can do to Reduce Our Risk from Oil Trains

July 5, 2016

Every year during the first weeks of July, thousands of people across North America participate in the Stop Oil Trains week of action to commemorate the 47 people who tragically lost their lives in Lac Megantic, Quebec when a runaway oil train derailed and exploded.

Tunnel entrance - Baltimore. Photo Credit Jennifer Kunze / Clean Water Action

Tell The Federal Railway Administration to Protect Railway Safety

May 13, 2016

In February, Baltimore oil trains activists gathered to learn about a deadly accident in Lac-Mégantic three years ago. Railroad Workers United representative Fritz Edler joined a resident of Lac-Mégantic to explain how policy decisions, like staffing that train with only one crew member, led to the train derailment and explosion in the middle of that small town.

Tunnel entrance - Baltimore. Photo Credit Jennifer Kunze / Clean Water Action

Oil Trains and Orioles Don't Mix

April 8, 2016

This 100+-year-old tunnel runs 1.4 miles from Howard Street to Mt Royal Ave, surfacing between the campuses of the University of Baltimore and MICA. And for the past five years, trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota have been passing through the tunnel on their way to refineries and export terminals in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This puts hundreds of thousands of Baltimore residents in danger on their way.