via Lewis Milford:
In today’s Wall Street Journal, an important piece about an ongoing disaster: the (highly profitable) use of ramshackle mile-long trains to transport countless toxic tons of oil across the country:
Wrecks Hit Tougher Oil Railcars (Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2015)
Kudos to the Journal for this story—which ought to be much bigger: i.e., prominently covered by the US press across the board.
So why isn’t it? Maybe it’s because the owners of such rolling deathtraps—accidental chemical weapons, in effect—include huge players like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
That we all face a possible catastrophe is clear enough from these four recent articles, which—taken all together—call for still more coverage, and then serious reform (to say the least):
Why Do These Train Cars Carrying Oil Keep Blowing Up? (Mother Jones, May 27, 2014)
Lac-Megantic oil train disaster inquiry finds string of safety failings (The Guardian, August 19, 2014)
Spilled Oil Keeps Flames Burning After a Train Derailment in West Virginia (New York Times, February 17, 2015)
A Third Blast on Oil Trains Stirs Scrutiny (New York Times, March 6, 2015)