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Today the citizens group ForestEthics launched www.Blast-Zone.org, a website that allows users to see the routes of trains carrying millions of gallons of crude oil and assess the threat of accidents to specific locations. The group estimates that more than 25 million Americans live in the potential oil train blast zone.

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Today, two national environmental organizations filed a formal legal petition to compel the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue an emergency order prohibiting the use of hazardous rail cars — known as DOT-111s — for shipping flammable Bakken crude oil.

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As an anti-pipeline campaigner I find myself being asked the same question over and over these days, “Yes, but what about the exploding trains, aren’t pipelines safer?” The answer is neither—rail versus pipeline is a false choice.

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