Citizens Acting for Rail Safety – Twin Cities (CARS-TC) was established in February 2015 in response to the dramatic increase of volatile Bakken crude oil being shipped by rail through Minnesota. We are a volunteer-run group working to bring the citizen voice to the issue of “high hazard” freight trains going through our communities.
After numerous derailments, fires, explosions and spills of high hazard freight trains in other places across North America, most tragically in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, we are very concerned that it is only a matter of time before such an accident happens here in Minnesota. We are concerned about the transportation of crude oil, tar sands oil, ethanol, nuclear waste, and other toxic and flammable materials that pass by our homes, schools, workplaces, senior centers, and houses of worship, and even through our metropolitan city centers every day. MNDOT estimates that over 350,000 Minnesotans live in the 1/2 mile evacuation zone of railroad tracks that carry Bakken crude oil — currently as many as seven mile-long 100-car trains a day.
Although the regulation of railroads is a challenging issue complicated by a lack of transparency on the part of the railroad companies even on matters of basic safety, the exciting development of our group in the past months shows that citizens can come together, educate ourselves and our neighbors, and build a base for change. Our efforts to date have achieved the involvement of numerous well-known elected and administrative officials at all levels of government, as well as local responders.
Please visit our Resources page to see some of our work — media releases about local, state and federal legislation, comments on proposed federal rules, a Water in the Blast Zone presentation and fact sheet and sample community resolutions.
We invite you to bring your perspective and your talents, and join us in our informational and advocacy efforts by contacting us below.
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