This action alert came by email from the David Suzuki Foundation:
Tell the Prime Minister: Protect our communities from unsafe oil transport
Like all Canadians, we at the David Suzuki Foundation were shocked and saddened by the recent tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. We send our sincerest wishes of comfort and safety to the victims and their families, and we are determined to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.
Please join us in telling Prime Minister Stephen Harper that we will not tolerate compromising the safety of our communities and environment in the name of oil transport.
Transporting oil by rail and pipeline poses enormous risks for local communities. We want a thorough review of oil transportation regulations and diligent consultation with all affected communities.
Endangering human lives, communities and nature for the sake of transporting oil is simply unacceptable. Please join us in ensuring that such a tragedy never occurs again.
Upon going to the letter writing link I found this further information and I sent the following letter:
This terrible disaster proves that transporting oil by rail poses enormous risks for local communities. Since 2008, oil transport by rail has increased dramatically in North America, and the resulting spills and risk of similar accidents have increased accordingly, endangering countless small communities like Lac-Mégantic.
Transporting oil by pipeline is no safer. In 2012, there were 173 pipeline spills, up from an average of 116 per year between 2007 and 2011. Barely a week goes by in North America without news of a new oil spill.
Endangering human lives, communities and nature for the sake of transporting oil is simply unacceptable. It’s time for us to speak out against corporate negligence, inadequate regulation and lax governmental surveillance. Now is the time for us to make our voices heard.
Please join us in telling Prime Minister Stephen Harper that we will not tolerate compromising the safety of our communities and environment in the name of oil transport. We want a thorough review of oil transportation regulations and diligent consultation with all affected communities.
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
I am shocked and concerned about the recent tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and I am asking you to ensure that such a catastrophe never happens again.
As the number of oil projects in Canada continues to rise, more and more communities like Lac-Mégantic are being put at risk. Canadians living near rail and pipelines have the right to be informed of and protected from the risks inherent in oil transport.
The Lac-Mégantic tragedy is not unique; nearly every week we hear about another community unjustly saddled with the environmental and human health costs of an oil spill. I believe that such tragedies can only be prevented by effective regulation and surveillance on the part of both corporations and governments.
I am therefore asking you:
1) To ensure that all communities through which fossil fuels are transported are consulted on and informed of inherent risks, and
2) To review and revise oil transportation regulations to ensure that communities are adequately protected from the dangers of fossil fuel transportation.
We will not tolerate the safety of our communities and environment being compromised in the name of oil transport.
What a hideous, sad and totally preventable disaster this was! It is an issue of ethics; the greed of a government hell-bent on fossil fuel generated economy versus the lives of innocent Canadians. My heart goes out to the many families whose loss can never be adequately compensated.