Oil train week of action: Protesters against oil trains detained at Benicia-Martinez rail bridge

BENICIA (KRON) — Activists protesting the threat of crude oil transporting trains were detained Monday morning as they attempted to hang a 60-foot banner in front of the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge.

The banner read “Stop Oil Trains Now: Are You in the Blast-Zone.org.”

Activists say the move was part of a plan to kick off a week of action with some 80 scheduled events in opposition to oil trains across the US and Canada.

You know what’s scary?  This bridge, slated to bear the weight of most of the heavy oil trains coming to California refineries, was built in the 1930s and has not been retrofitted to our knowledge.


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