Some people will remember the tragedy that visited the small community of Lac-Magantic, Quebec, when a train carrying Bakken crude derailed and exploded, killing 47 people in the wee hours of the morning. Here in Nacogdoches, we are exposed to this same threat on a mounting basis. Conversations with local first responders strongly suggest that a disaster of this scale would quickly overwhelm their ability to respond. We have it in our power to prevent this threat to the safety of our community, but we must act and insist that those who represent us act also.
Rail transportation of fracked oil and tar sands has increased dramatically, as this impressive infographic depicts. From this we learn that rail traffic of oil has increased 4,117% from 2008 to 2014. So however much of a problem this was in 2008, it’s vastly bigger now and growing. You can find more coverage of the problem here.
If you wonder if you’re in the likely blast zone, visit this page and find out. Below you’ll see a screen capture that shows the blast zone near Stephen F. Austin University.
For more information about this, or if you wish to get involved in this project, please email Alec Johnson, who is coordinating this project for Resilient Nacogdoches.