People of color disproportionately at risk from oil train disasters

1-overturned-oil-tanker-car.jpgThe government's own data shows that people of color disproportionately live in the derailment, explosion and fire evacuation zone along the state’s crude by rail routes.

ForestEthics and Communities for a Better Environment evaluated oil train routes and US Census data to determine who was at greatest risk from pollution and potential oil trains derailments and explosions, like the fatal July 2013 Lac Mégantic oil train disaster.

"Environmental justice communities like Richmond and Wilmington that already live
with the highest risk are hardest hit. It’s time for a just and quick transition to clean
energy,” says Nile Malloy, Northern California Program Director, Communities for a Better Environment.

Nine out of ten of California’s largest cities on oil train routes have an even higher rate of discriminatory impact than the state average. In these cities, 82–100 percent of people living in the blast zone are in environmental justice communities.

"Oil trains are a threat to our communities and to our climate - but these threats are not
evenly shared,” says Todd Paglia, ForestEthics executive director."

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