July 2, 2014

Gathering to mark anniversary of oil-train disaster

PLATTSBURGH — On Saturday, July 5, North Country residents will mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly oil train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

The event is meant to raise public awareness of what organizers say are potentially dangerous crude-oil rail transports in the Lake Champlain region.

At 3 p.m., participants will gather near the mouth of the Saranac River in the City of Plattsburgh, walking out on a pedestrian bridge about 50 feet from the Canadian Pacific railroad bridge and gathering in canoes and kayaks below the bridges.

The demonstration is part of a week-long action by citizens and groups across North America opposing the enormous escalation of crude-by-rail shipping, a press release said.

The Plattsburgh event is being spearheaded by Center for Biological Diversity, based in Burlington, and People for Positive Action.

Participants are encouraged to arrive on time to hear a brief presentation about oil trains along Lake Champlain and to participate in the demonstration.

Organizers ask that people bring homemade signs, banners and images representing what’s at risk, such as safe neighborhoods, clean drinking water, water recreation, fish and other wildlife.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Mollie Matteson at the Center for Biological Diversity, (802) 318-1487 or mmatteson@biologicaldiversity.

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