Protect our communities from unsafe oil transport

Like all Canadians, we at the David Suzuki Foundation were shocked and saddened by the recent explosion of an oil-transport train in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which has resulted in dozens of deaths. We send our sincerest wishes of comfort and safety to the victims and their families.

In honour of all those touched by the event, we are determined to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.

This terrible disaster proves that transporting oil by rail poses enormous risks for local communities. Since 2008, oil transport by rail has increased dramatically in North America, and the resulting spills and risk of similar accidents have increased accordingly, endangering countless small communities like Lac-Mégantic.

Transporting oil by pipeline is no safer. In 2012, there were 173 pipeline spills, up from an average of 116 per year between 2007 and 2011. Barely a week goes by in North America without news of a new oil spill.

Endangering human lives, communities and nature for the sake of transporting oil is simply unacceptable. It’s time for us to speak out against corporate negligence, inadequate regulation and lax governmental surveillance. Now is the time for us to make our voices heard.

Please join us in telling Prime Minister Stephen Harper that we will not tolerate compromising the safety of our communities and environment in the name of oil transport. We want a thorough review of oil transportation regulations and diligent consultation with all affected communities.


Please join us in ensuring that such a tragedy never occurs again.


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