Every day trains carry around 160,000 barrels of oil through Philadelphia. Following a series of derailments in South Philadelphia and over the Schuylkill River, Clean Water Action is planning a series of 90-minute community listening meetings around crude oil by rail in various Philadelphia neighborhoods.
The meetings are scheduled in areas affected by crude-by-rail transport, and the first workshop was held last Thursday, January 29 in Francisville.
According to Mike Roles, program organizer at Clean Water Action, attendees were engaged and wanted to take follow-up steps. Council President Darrell Clarke’s Constituent Services Director, Melvin Smith, was also present.
“One thing that everyone wanted to do was to request a community workshop from the Office of Emergency Management so that residents know what to do and how to prepare for emergencies,” Roles said in an email. “Overall, everyone wants to come together and move forward to best ensure that neighborhoods are prepared, and that governments are doing better to safeguard our communities.”
Each of the meetings will allow community members to discuss concerns about crude oil by rail. Roles said the first 30 minutes of the meetings will include a powerpoint presentation to deliver some background on the issue and where opportunities for action exist. The next hour will be dedicated to hearing feedback from the participants at the workshop. Clean Water Action will provide some prompt questions to help drive the conversation.
After the meetings, Clean Water Action will share the information with decision makers. The feedback portion of the meetings will be digitally recorded so that Clean Water Action can include it in an upcoming report.
Roles said they had received about 70 total confirmed RSVPs for the meetings and that Clean Water Action had also invited council members to attend.
Additional meetings will be held on February 4, at the TTF Watershed Partnership @ Globe Dye Works (4500 Worth Street) at 6 p.m. and February 10 at Weavers Way Community Room (555 Carpenter Lane) at 6:30 p.m.
From our Partners
Meetings will also be held in West Philadelphia, South Philadelphia and Manayunk, with exact dates and times TBA.
Image via Mary Donahue-30-
From our Partners
8 nonprofit-themed cocktail recipes for holiday parties from Nonprofit AF
Today is #GivingTuesday! Here are 60 local nonprofit campaigns for you to support
Who are you calling ‘vulnerable’?
During Tech in Action Day, all the participants teach and learn
Creating space for this vibrant, passionate community: A Q&A with Sandra Baldino
Talking about the crucial intersection of people and social justice: A Q&A with Mo Manklang
‘Part of what I did was help establish the website as an actual news source’: A Q&A with Alex Vuocolo
ECS has been tackling Philly’s social issues for nearly 150 years. Now, its new focus is intergenerational poverty
Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity