Oil Trains in Maryland

Over the past three years, we have worked with environmental and public health allies, workers, and neighborhoods across Baltimore to fight crude oil trains. These shipments travel throughout Maryland, along some of our largest rivers, across critical infrastructure, and through the heart of Baltimore City, enabling fossil fuel development that's driving climate change put our homes, schools, and drinking water at risk. If a train car carrying crude oil derails, it explodes catastrophically.  In March 2017, Baltimore City passed the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition, a landmark victory that will prevent any new terminals for crude oil from being built in Baltimore.

Company Withdraws Plan for Crude Oil Terminal in Baltimore

Decision by Texas-based Targa Terminals Reduces Dangerous Bakken Oil by Rail Through City

Oil Trains Baltimore by jennifer kunze

Baltimore Residents and Environmental Organizations to Call for action from City Council after Hazardous Train derails in the Howard Street Tunnel

After inaction by the City Council, activists are demanding health and safety studies to be conducted on oil trains in Baltimore City; analysis shows 165,000 Baltimore residents live within the potential one-mile blast zone of an oil train disaster

General MD Baltimore Harbor. Credit HES Photography. Shutterstock

Local Victories From Around the State!

We’ve had a busy summer 2016 in Maryland! So much great work is being done to protect Maryland’s environment. Continue reading below to find out about some of our local victories from across the State.

Chesapeake Currents - Spring | Summer 2016

Chesapeake Currents - Spring | Summer 2016

In this issue: Northern Virginia Healthy Communities; An Incinerator Win in Baltimore; Winning Primaries in Baltimore; Cleaning up the Anacostia; and more.

From We All Live Downstream

April 2, 2018

Huge news: last week, Mayor Pugh signed the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition! Thousands of people all across Baltimore - and as far away as Frederick County and even Whatcom County, WA - have spoken out against these extreme fossil fuel methods that put Baltimore neighborhoods in danger. Here are some highlights from experts, workers, and community leaders whose voices helped make this victory possible.

February 16, 2018

On Wednesday, February 21, the Baltimore City Council's Land Use and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition: Baltimore's best chance for preventing a deadly crude oil train explosion.  Rally with us at noon in front of City Hall!  And to learn more, read our comments on the bill below.

 

October 5, 2017

“Most of my district is within one mile of the tracks that crude oil has been transported on. I don’t want any more crude oil tank cars putting the neighborhoods in my district at risk.”