Charley Bowman, Co-Chair of the Environmental Justice Task Force, WNY Peace Center, along with Stephen Vermette, Department of Geography and Planning at SUNY Buffalo State, will present "The Risks Imposed by Bomb Trains on Humans and their Environment", on Tuesday, November 15th, at 7:00 p.m. Classroom Building, room A209.
The speakers will talk about the large volumes of Bakken crude oil (a more flammable crude, therefore more dangerous to ship by rail) which are transported daily from North Dakota to U.S. coastal regions by rail tank cars, and how such trains are derailing at an alarming rate. In July 2013, one Bakkan crude oil train derailed and exploded killing 47 people in Lac Magantic, Quebec. Thereafter, the rail industry called these "bomb trains". Bomb trains travel daily through Buffalo, NY eastward to the Port of Albany and beyond. The air dispersion of toxic chemicals from a simulated derailment and fire in Buffalo, NY will be demonstrated.
This presentation is part of the WNY Chapter of the American Meteorological Society's fall 2016 seminar series, hosted by the Buffalo State Geography and Planning Department's meteorology and climatology program. For off-campus guests, parking permits and directions will be available in lot I-37.
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