Big Oil is working to extract every last drop of oil on the continent — regardless of the cost to our communities or climate. To succeed, they need ways to transport their explosive fuels, which is why they’re pushing new pipelines and increased crude-by-rail simultaneously. But recent pipeline spills and train accidents show that neither is safe. That’s why we’ve developed the materials on this page to help push back against the industry’s dangerous expansion.
Reports and Resources:
- Report: Tracking Emissions: The Climate Impact of the Proposed Crude-by-Rail Terminals in the Pacific Northwest (November 2015)
- Briefing: U.S. East Coast is key crude-by-rail destination (July 2015)
- Press Release: Obama Administration Leaves Explosive Oil Trains on the Rails for Years (May 01, 2015)
- Report: Wrong Side of the Tracks: Why Rail is not the Answer to the Tar Sands Market Access Problem (Sept. 2014)
- Report: Runaway Train: The Reckless Expansion of Crude-by-Rail in North America (May 2014)
- Fact Sheet: CBR Proposed Rule Fact Sheet (Sept. 2014)
- Data: Map Data Download (Updated: Sept. 2015)
- Article: EIA data confirms rail is no replacement for Keystone XL (April 2015)
- Article: Big Oil lobbying against safer crude-by-rail standards (March 2015)
- Article: Crude oil trains are unsafe, period. Stopping them will protect our communities and climate (March 2015)
- Article: How many explosions before we stop crude-by-rail? (March 2015)
- Article: Transporting Tar Sands “As Dangerous” As Shale Oil (March 2015)
- Article: Tar Sands Train to Ruin (October 2014)
- Article: The tar sands train that couldn’t (October 2014)
- Article: Tar sands reaching the US Gulf Coast by rail remains a dribble (June 2014)
- Article: Pipelines vs. Rail: A False Choice (May 2014)
Right now, there are more than a million barrels of oil per day crisscrossing the continent by rail, and if expansion continues unabated there will be even more in the coming years.
In the short term, we must fight for the strongest possible safety standards for our pipelines and train cars to better protect our communities, but in the long term that won’t get to the root problem. We urgently need to transition to clean energy solutions that don’t blow up when put on trains. Take action by clicking here.