Documentary Series becomes a teach-in on oil trains

documentary 1507The Second Saturday Documentary Series presents two short documentaries, Boom (produced by the Weather Channel) and The Crude Gamble of Oil by Rail, as part of a teach-in on oil trains, on Saturday, July 11, 1:30 p.m. at Niles Discovery Church. The teach-in will be led by Dr. Paul Rea.

Mile-long trains of tank cars carrying oil will likely be moving through the East Bay, including Fremont — unless we do something about it. These are the same sort of trains and tank cars that exploded in a fiery crash in Lac Mégantic, Quebec, in July 2013.

When the 63 tank cars exploded, they engulfed Lac Mégantic in a firestorm. The burning oil incinerated the downtown, rendering some of it uninhabitable. No one would imagine allowing such a tragedy to repeat, not here, not anywhere. Yet by downplaying the dangers posed by the crude-oil trains soon to rumble through the East Bay, we are increasing the likelihood of a catastrophe here.

These oil trains are becoming bigger and more common. Many pull a hundred tank cars and run a mile long. Worse, most of the tank cars are old, defective, and prone to rupture, yet most will carry highly flammable crude oil.

This teach-in will provide more detail about the dangers of oil trains, actions that have been taken national and locally by public officials and activists, and an invitation to be involved.

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