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.
Baltimore ships fracked oil: Axeon Specialty Products, a New Jersey-based company, unloads fracked oil from trains onto ships in south Baltimore (see photo below). The major railway CSX transports crude oil to Axeon’s facility, but doesn’t share when, which tracks or how many oil cars travel through Baltimore. Railways are required to report how often trains carry 35+ cars of crude oil to Maryland emergency officials. According to Jennifer Kunze at Clean Water Action, state agencies claim they have not seen CSX oil train documentation since summer 2014.
It’s been three years to the day since an oil trainderailment and explosion in Quebec. Forty-seven people died, making it one of the worst oil train disasters in North America.
"If they experience an impact car to car impact or a derailment, they tend to explode,” said Jennifer Kunze.