Western NY, Finger Lakes, & the Southern Tier

Ban Bakken Oil Trains

The Ban the Bakken Oil Train team is based in Monroe County and working to bring to the public's attention the issue of explosive crude oil trains traveling through our communities. We are holding house parties and looking for leadership to grow our teams and build support for clean energy in Monroe County. 


For more information on crude oil trains in Monroe County, please see below!

 Stop exploding oil trains!

Explosive oil trains are traveling through our towns and cities- past schools, densely populated areas, and sensitive environmental resources. There have been over 30 derailments and explosions in the U.S and Canada since 2008, including one in Lac Megantic, Quebec that resulted in 47 deaths and the destruction of the small town.




Are you in the blast zone?

Find out, and sign the petition to President Obama here:


Please sign this petition to NYS Congresspeople which calls for a Federal Ban on these trains:


Why are these trains so dangerous?

The oil in these tanker cars is highly explosive compared to regular crude because it contains greater concentrations of explosive suspended natural gasses such as methane, propane and butane (lighter fluid). It is obtained through a fracking process from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota, which is why it is called “Bakken oil.”

Despite the latest regulations and safety procedures, 16 tank cars derailed in Mosier, Oregon on 6/4/2016. The evacuation involved a nearby school, and it took a day to extinguish the blaze.

There is no way to make Bakken oil safe. It needs to be STOPPED!

  • 14,800 schools and 5.7 million students are at risk in the blast zone nationwide.

  • Each tanker car carries 30,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil - the energy equivalent of two million sticks of dynamite. “Unit “ trains consist of 100 cars or more.

  • The area within one mile of the tracks is called the blast zone, which would need to be evacuated in the event of an explosion.

  • Even the tank cars built to the strictest standards (which won’t be required on all trains for years) puncture at less than 20 mph.

  • If even one of these tanker cars explodes, it would require a multi-agency disaster response. If more that one car explodes, emergency responders can only let the fire burn itself out, a process which takes days and emits toxic fumes

  • The fracking process and transport of this oil is disastrous for climate change.

  • Air pollution is emitted from diesel engines, the “burping” of gasses from the cars, and during transfer of the oil to barges.

  • Cleanup from the Lac Megantic disaster is expected to cost over $2 billion, and railroad companies don’t carry enough insurance to cover those expenses. The affected community is left with the cost AND the tragedy.

To dive more deeply into the topic, please click here for more information.

For more information:



Map of railroad accidents:  http://earthjustice.org/features/map-crude-by-rail

More about schools in the blast zone:

Rochester, NY:


More on the Lac Megantic disaster:


Eyewitness description:




Decaying railroad infrastructure:



 Photo credit:  Sûreté du QuébecLac-Megantic, Canada derailment disaster, July 2013


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