Sierra Club Responds to Oil Train Derailment in Lynchburg, VA
Richmond, VA-- A dozen train cars carrying crude oil derailed today in downtown Lynchburg. No injuries have been reported. The crash follows calls issued last month by the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter for increased rail safety and emergency preparedness for crude oil passing through Virginia on its way to a storage facility in York County.
In response Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Director Glen Besa issued the following response.
"Our thoughts are with the community in Lynchburg. Thankfully it seems like no one has been injured, but there are continuing threats to public health and the environment. This accident is a potent reminder of the dangers that come with our dependence on dirty fuels and reinforces the need for better safety measures and increased emergency preparedness. This train was one of many that pass along the James River, through more heavily populated areas including Richmond.
"In the wake of this and other recent dirty fuel disasters it's clear that we must move as quickly as possible to safer, cleaner forms of energy like wind and solar. The safest place for dirty fuels is in the ground."