Congress: No more fiery oil-by-rail disasters in our back yards! 


Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania — nearly every month another community faces an oil train derailment, spill, or explosion. Big Oil, determined to put profit over our safety, is sending more and more unsafe tanker cars carrying volatile crude barreling through cities and towns and near homes and schools.

Known as “Pepsi-cans on wheels,” these inadequate tanker cars have a surprisingly thin outer shell and are extremely prone to puncture during a derailment. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently declared the cars unsafe — yet more than 200,000 dangerous tanker cars are still on our rails and rolling through our backyards.

Congress has the power to get these dangerous oil tanker cars off our railways — but it’s up to us to make sure they get the job done.

Sign the petition today: Tell Congress to stand up to Big Oil and stop dangerous oil by rail!


To: US Congress

Don't let railroads and regulators risk our lives for oil company profits. Put an end to the use of dangerous DOT-111 tank cars for the transport of flammable, explosive substances like crude oil and ethanol.

To be delivered to The United States Senate,The United States House of Representatives, Secretary of Transportation Foxx, and President Barack Obama

What makes using these rail tank cars, the so called DOT 111s, so problematic? Here’s why, in five simple points:

1. Decades old design and a thin skin mean they are highly prone to puncture upon derailment;
2. Crude is transported in trains over a mile long with 100 or more cars, meaning three million gallons of crude per train and a huge concentration of risk;
3. The Bakken crude that has driven a 4,100% growth in crude by rail in the last five years is particularly prone to exploding;
4. 80% of the DOT 111 fleet is the oldest pre-2011 design; and

5. The primary rail routes are right through the middle of major urban areas.