Nov 13-15: Oil Train Response 2015

Over the past few years, oil train traffic across the continent has increased rapidly with more than 500,000 rail cars moving oil in 2014 alone, according to the Association of American Railroads. The recent Lac-M├ęgantic, Quebec disaster and subsequent incidents illustrate the severity of this issue. There is a pressing need to determine true hazards facing our communities and to develop solutions to prevent further disasters. Across the United States and Canada, the issue of oil trains has quickly risen onto the agenda of local leaders, safety experts, researchers, and concerned citizens. There is much to discover and share about protecting people and vulnerable places from the various risks these trains pose.

Meet the Experts:
You are invited to learn more about this important topic to hear from national and state experts about the scale and scope of this challenge, as well as updates on the current regulatory and legal frameworks; consider case studies about the actions/measures taken by various communities in response; and, participate in discussion sessions to explore solutions to better safeguard communities. Elected officials, regulators, Indigenous, community and NGO leaders, and emergency response professionals from Pennsylvania and beyond are especially encouraged to attend to take advantage of this important learning and networking opportunity.

Community Risks & Solutions Conference
Friday Nov 13  (9 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.;  Registration begins at 8 a.m.) at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center.  Cost: $50

Activist Training and Strategy Discussion
November 14-15
Cost: $100 

More information and registration here.

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