On July 6, one year after the Lac-Mégantic derailment, Mainers for a Fossil-Free Future will present some of the history of oil trains through Maine, oil and rail industry plans for future shipments, and ways that Mainers can take action to stop these trains from endangering life, land, water, and air.
Special guest speaker Maria Girouard of the Penobscot Nation will talk about the sacredness of water, the need to protect it, and the harm that oil trains pose to our waters.
Benjamin Marriner Pratt, a firefighter, paramedic, and hazardous materials technician with the Orono-Old Town Response Team—one of four Type 1 teams serving the State of Maine—will talk about Maine’s ability to respond to an oil train derailment and explosion, what trainings and resources are available, and what is lacking to provide effective response to this imminent threat.
The presentation starts at 4:30 pm and will be followed by a potluck, so please bring something to share.
This event is sponsored by Mainers for a Fossil-Free Future, 350 Maine, 350 Bangor, 350 Waldo County, and Happy Acres Hall. For more information, contact Read at 207-382-6477.