Posts Tagged ‘chemical spill’

On March 27 the Virginia Sierra Club issued a press release calling for increased rail safety, particularly regarding the shipping of crude oil through Virginia.

A month later, today, a train on CSX lines going through Lynchburg, Va derailed, catching on fire and leaking crude oil into the James River.
The spill couldn’t have happened at a worse time, with the river already reaching flood levels due to days of rainfall.

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Photo from Tim Barry’s twitter

City of Richmond officials have stated they will switch the City’s water supply to the Kanawha Canal… but to our knowledge the canal is fed by the river. We are very concerned about the safety of drinking water in the city of Richmond and for everyone along the James.
This is yet another example of why we can not continue our dependence on fossil fuels. They are too toxic and dangerous. Richmond and Virginia need to move to alternative, non nuclear, fuel sources.

We demand no crude oil shipping through our state, whether by rail or pipeline, and stand in solidarity with other communities fighting against the corporate greed and destruction of our planet and to keep their communities clean and safe from fossil fuels.

The recent chemical spill in West Virginia, pipeline spills around the country, and more should be more than enough warning to our society that enough is enough. The earthquakes near the nuclear reactor at Lake Anna should be enough to scare us into changing our ways, especially after the tsunami in Japan causeing massive pollution from their nuclear reactors. We have numerous examples of the suffering and grief these practices result in. We need to change our ways as a City and a society.

Our hearts go out to all the animals, plants, and humans who will suffer and die due to this oil spill. Our hearts grow hardened towards the corporations who continue to place profit over people and grow rich through exploitation of humans, animals, and the earth.

No Keystone XL
No crude oil trains

Solidarity with everyone fighting for alternative sources of power and fuel and against the pillaging of their communities.

Please be safe Richmond and let us know how we can help.

Sadly, the Avail song, Scuffletown, has continued relevance.

And Old Crow Medicine Show’s James River Blues…

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