Wednesday, July 16, 2014

“Now I’m afraid to be in my own home,” she says. “Do you know how fast we could die here?”

A Year After a Deadly Disaster, Fears Grow About the Danger of Crude Oil Shipped By Rail

The U.S. is producing more oil than it has in decades—and much of that oil is being transported by railroads that travel through crowded cities

When 21-year-old mother Kahdejah Johnson was told two years ago that she’d secured a spot at the Ezra Prentice Homes, a quiet housing project in Albany, she felt confident she’d found a stable home to raise her newborn son. With its manicured lawns and tidy beige row houses, the Ezra Prentice Homes are a far cry from the crumbling housing projects of large cities. “When people come into town they’re like ‘These are your projects? These are condos!’” says Johnson.

But today, Johnson is losing sleep over how close her house is to railroad tracks congested, day and night, with tanker cars carrying crude oil, visible just outside her bedroom window. The fear of an accident is so great that Johnson has taken to evacuating her apartment some nights, to spend the night at her mother’s home, further from the tracks. “Now I’m afraid to be in my own home,” she says. “Do you know how fast we could die here?”

Albany is one of a growing number of cities where residents like Johnson fear the devastating consequences of accidents involving railcars filled with crude oil......see video here and read more

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I can relate to this story of fear. Our home is on the Chehalis River and the oil terminals proposed at Grays Harbor put us well within in the 1/2 mile explosion zone for crude oil by rail tank cars. It is frightening to think 110 crude oil trains a month--each 1 1/2 miles long-- will be passing our house--less than 100 feet away. We are so worried about our property and all the implications of oil spills at Grays Harbor, in a tsunami zone and earthquake liquification zone, one of a kind estuary. Sad to think all this is happening and no economic benefits whatsoever--just a big fat risk to health, environment, safety--AND Property Values. I don't think I will be sleeping as well from now on -- either. Where is the justice for the citizens vs. Big Oil profits?