Thursday, June 19, 2014

Meeting update and Thursday News

This next week's Coalition Meeting is Cancelled- instead,

We need to cancel the GH Coalition for Infrastructure meeting on June 26, because there is a County Commissioner candidates' forum to be held at the Ocean City Fire Station, north of Ocean Shores on the 26th at 6:30pm.  We are all encouraged to attend.  Two of the candidates are against CBR - Al Smith and Jim Heikel.  The third candidate, Vickie Raines, tells a different story depending on to whom she's talking.

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods calls for moratorium on oil trains: North and NE Portland news roundup

The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods board has called for a statewide moratorium on oil trains after a vote earlier this week. In a letter sent to Governor John Kitzhaber, the board cited "deep concern" about "the threat to life, safety and the environment due to accidents, potential spills and explosions posed by oil trains" passing through Northeast Portland and the rest of the state. The board represents 12 neighborhoods from North and Northeast Portland.

Oakland votes to keep coal and oil trains away

via Grist
 The working-class city of Oakland, Calif., wants to stop trains carrying crude, coal, and petroleum coke from reaching local refineries and export terminals.The city council voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to “oppose” the “transportation of hazardous fossil fuel materials” along existing rail lines and through “densely populated” and waterfront areas — which includes much of the city.

Feds: Oil train details not security sensitive

via SF Gate
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials said Wednesday that details about volatile oil train shipments are not sensitive security information, after railroads sought to keep the material from the public following a string of fiery accidents.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered railroads to give state officials specifics on oil-train routes and volumes so emergency responders can better prepare for accidents.

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