31 Jul '14, 1pm
Crude Gamble: Oil-by-Rail Threatens Safety of People and Planet in Pacific Northwest
With an estimated 9 million barrels of crude oil moving over rail lines in North America at any given moment, it’s no wonder that safety and environmental ramifications of oil-by-rail are top of mind for many. In the wake of the one year anniversary of Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic fatal train derailment explosion, it’s imperative that more people become aware of the dangers of unprecedented amounts of oil being transported through the heart of communities and cities in the U.S. and Canada. Bomb Trains: The Crude Gamble of Oil by Rail , a video produced and published this week by VICE News , investigates the rapid expansion of oil-by-rail transport. Producer and cinematographer Spencer Chumbley , accompanied by Nilo Tabrizy, traveled to the Pacific Northwest to speak with residents and experts on the front lines of the battle over bomb trains in the Seattle, Washington area. “When...