Maryland News

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Local Victories From Around the State!

August 15, 2016

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.

Company Withdraws Plan for Crude Oil Terminal in Baltimore

July 11, 2016

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

Flammable Oil Trains in Baltimore: All The Risk With No Reward

July 7, 2016

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. 

Community members petition for oil train safety

July 6, 2016

"The train cars would breach, a spark would catch the oil and that would cause the trail cars to explode," Jennifer Kunze, Maryland Organizer with Action Clean Water, said.

Recent Derailments Bring To Light Risks Of Oil Trains In City

July 6, 2016

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. 

Butterfly on a flower. Credit - Neil Bhaerman / Clean Water Action

Pollinator Protection Week!

June 23, 2016

While we focus on protecting butterflies, bees, birds and other pollinators throughout the year, Pollinator Week is dedicated to celebrating their impact on a daily basis to our ecosystems and food supply.