Tar Sands Blockade Solidarity Action in Newark, Tuesday March 19th
The Delaware City Refinery has begun to refine Canadian tar sands, and has recently expanded the train offloading capabilities to accept tar sands by train at the refinery. Tar sands are considered to be the dirtiest petroleum on earth, and emit 3x the greenhouse gases of conventional oil.
With the ability to unload only 100 rail cars at a time, there is a backup waiting to enter the refinery. Norfolk Southern railroad has begun storing insulated and heated rail cars at the former Chrysler Assembly Plant in Newark, right next to a residential neighborhood and the UD campus.
On Tuesday, March 19th we held an Delaware anti-tarsands action during the National Week of Action against Tar Sands Profiteers! We held our tar sands banner and signs in front of the very place where the toxic tar sands are being held in rail cars as they wait to be unloaded and processed at the Delaware City refinery.
Delaware is getting railroaded by tar sands which are are not only more than 3x worse for our warming climate, but much more carcinogenic and polluting to refine. As you know, the last thing Delaware needs is more cancer-causing air pollution.