Baltimore City Council

Environmentalists to rally in support of Baltimore council bill banning construction of oil terminals

Environmentalists to rally in support of Baltimore council bill banning construction of oil terminals

Environmental groups plan to rally in front of Baltimore City Hall on Wednesday as the City Council takes up a bill that would ban the construction of crude oil terminals as part of an ongoing effort to limit the number of oil trains passing through the city.

The groups say the trains are dangerous — they have derailed and exploded elsewhere — and that about 165,000 people in Baltimore would face evacuation if an accident did occur. But since only federal authorities can regulate rail transport, the city has looked for other ways to address them.

The bill would change the zoning code to ban the construction of new crude oil terminals and stop two existing terminals in the...

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