Oil Trains in Maryland

Train cars carrying crude oil from North Dakota travel throughout Maryland, along some of our largest rivers, across critical infrastructure, and through the heart of Baltimore City.  These shipments enable 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.  Baltimore's Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition, a simple zoning code change that would prevent any new terminals from being built, will be considered at a public hearing on February 21.  Click here to RSVP!


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.

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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.”

15 people hold signs saying "Stop Oil Trains" and showing train tank cars and flames as news media films
June 13, 2017

One year ago today, I was woken up by texts letting me know that a train had derailed in downtown Baltimore and asking me if I knew what was going on.  I had been working to fight crude oil trains for almost two years then, so I knew what might have happened if the train cars that had derailed had carried crude oil: an explosion and fire that would have killed community residents in their homes, damaged the campuses of the University of Baltimore and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and changed the face of Baltimore.  Fortunately, the cars carried liquified petroleum gas vapors and ac