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Next Stop for Oil Bomb Trains: Baltimore?

How would Baltimore's again train tunnel handle an oil train fire similar to this Lynchburg, VA explosion?
How would Baltimore’s Inner Harbor-area handle an oil train fire similar to this Lynchburg, VA explosion?
By Laurel Peltier, Baltimore Fishbowl

If Targa Resources has its way, “oil bomb” trains will rumble through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on their way to the company’s proposed Curtis Bay oil storage facility. The same type of oil trains that exploded in West Virginia this week may already be chugging through Baltimore, but no one knows for sure if that’s true or not. Let’s take a look at how our country’s fracking boom may put thousands of Maryland homes squarely in a potential oil train blast zone and also learn who’s trying to protect Maryland’s citizens. Continue reading Next Stop for Oil Bomb Trains: Baltimore?

Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia Causes Explosion, Sends Tanker Cars into River


Note: The CSX train which derailed in a residential area near Montgomery, WV originated in North Dakota and was headed to a storage depot in Yorktown, Virginia. It was carrying highly volatile crude oil from the Bakken shale. Downstream water treatment plants have been closed because of the oil being spilled into the river.

In January 2014, an industrial chemical leak into the Elk River just two miles upstream of the Kanawha River tainted the water supply of 300,000.

In April 2014, a CSX train transporting Bakken shale crude oil to the same destination in Yorktown derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia, exploding and spilling oil into the James River.


12:30 p.m. UPDATE:

Officials with CSX announced on Tuesday morning that shelters for those people affected by the train derailment in the Powellton Hollow area have been consolidated.  There are now two shelters set up in the area.  Those include Valley High School, which is being run by the American Red Cross, and the Glen Ferris Inn on U.S. Route 60.   Continue reading Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia Causes Explosion, Sends Tanker Cars into River

Even with Ban, New York Can’t Escape Effects of Fracking

By Anne Meador

Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo banned fracking in New York, citing public health risks. Fracktivists rejoiced, relieved that their state won’t go the way of neighboring Pennsylvania. Pocked with fracking wells, the mountainous counties of northeast Pennsylvania have suffered from contaminated water supplies, earthquakes, spoiled countryside and thunderous truck traffic. As long as the fracking ban is in place, New Yorkers won’t be threatened by methane emissions and toxic fumes from fracking wells, wastewater pools or the risk of a well blowing up or leaking uncontrollably.

Unfortunately, just because New York banned fracking, and even though more than 150 New York municipalities have banned fracking using local zoning laws, the state won’t escape its effects. In fact, New York is already burdened with the fracking industry’s health and safety problems and threats to the environment because of gas infrastructure.


Photo by Peter Eliscu


Gas companies are building pipelines to service increasing demand in New York City. In spite of opposition from groups like OccupythePipeline concerned about radon exposure and the risk of explosion, Spectra Energy’s pipeline, which runs under Greenwich Village, went into service in November 2013.

On December 1, gas began to flow through the Northeast Connector Project, which will deliver 647,000 dekatherms daily from York County, PA to 1.8 million natural gas customers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. The new delivery point will shift from Long Island to the Rockaway Peninsula via the Rockaway Lateral Project, a disputed 26-inch diameter pipeline currently being constructed under popular beaches, a golf course, and a federally protected wildlife refuge. Continue reading Even with Ban, New York Can’t Escape Effects of Fracking