Thursday, August 28, 2014

NEWS FROM QUINAULT: Concurring With Port of Olympia Resolution

For Immediate Release

QIN Concurs with Port of Olympia Resolution

            TAHOLAH, WA, (8/27/14)--The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) commends the  Commission of the Port of Olympia for the wisdom and foresight reflected in the Bakken Oil Resolution it passed Monday night, said QIN Councilman Larry Ralston.

            The Port of Olympia has joined with a growing number of communities that are expressing serious concerns about the risks to the economy of Washington State as the oil companies push to use our rail lines and port facilities for moving this volatile and dangerous oil in train cars and Panamex oil tankers.

            The Quinault Nation is studying the potential impacts to the treaty fisheries. However, all fishermen in the Grays Harbor area are highly concerned with the risks posed by these proposed additional crude oil terminals, mile-long oil trains and huge oil tankers that will be added to the traffic along our rail lines and in our waters.

            Recent research shows that in the Northwest, on average, one freight train derailment occurs every three-and-a-half days. The communities in Washington State have a right to know more about the risks of the vast increases in the transportation of this volatile oil before any final decisions are made to allow the oil companies this access to our lands and waterways. We also stand together with the communities that will take on the risks caused by the passage of the unsafe rail cars through the center of their towns, placing schools and other populated areas within the blast zones of these explosive trains.

            We ask people from all walks of life to stand with us.

            The Northwest is still a beautiful place to live and raise our children. Let’s keep it that way.

CONTACT:     Steve Robinson   (360) 951-2494

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