Rural Texas communities are having to consider preparing for a first responder nightmare scenario, a train derailment involving the ever increasing number of trains carrying crude oil (or bombs on rails). As the amount of crude oil being shipped by rail increases, it is only a matter of time before Texas experiences an accident involving exploding rail cars. This could take place in a rural area on the way to Houston, or right in the midst of the city of Houston.
Read about the firefighter training facility located on the outskirts of the Texas A & M campus. Known as “Disaster City”, firefighters from around Texas and other states are learning techniques for fighting fires and rescuing people when this scenario happens. See Forest Ethics interactive map at http://explosive-crude-by-rail.org/