Lawmakers are expressing concerns over an updated report outlining
the combined impacts of coal and oil trains that would roll through the
Northwest if plans for export terminals move forward.
Elected officials in the Leadership Alliance Against Coal,
a group that formed under the leadership of former Seattle Mayor
Mike McGinn, met in Seattle Tuesday to hear from the author of the report.
for two export terminals are still on the table in Washington: one in
Cherry Point, near Bellingham, and one in Longview. A third is planned
for the Port of Morrow near Boardman, Oregon.
domestic oil products are already slowing rail traffic. They’ve more
than doubled over the past four years. And if all plans for export
terminals go forward, added volumes from coal and oil trains would be
more than triple the current shipments for agriculture, according to the
report commissioned by the Western Organization of Resource Councils, a network of grassroots community groups.
talking about capacity problems on every single route," said the
report's author, Terry Whiteside. "We’re talking about service disaster
for a while.” ...... continued here