BY BRAD SHANNON — The Olympian
It turns out that Washingtonians have a lot to say about the dangers posed to our communities and waterways from oil and coal trains. Last month, over 1000 people attended two public hearings on the changing dynamics of oil transportation to provide personal stories, concerns, and comments about what is at risk and what the state should do about it.
The message was strong: “ACT NOW to protect our waterways and communities from the dangers of fossil fuels” and, “SAY NO oil and coal terminals and YES to a clean energy future!”
From Spokane to Bellingham to Vancouver to Grays Harbor and all the communities in between, let’s all take a moment right now to echo and reinforce their message.
While the 2014 Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study is a first-of-its-kind study to compile data, information and analysis and provide recommendations for action, we
still have more work to do. We expect the oil trains and vessel traffic to be a hot topic in the 2015 legislative session. This study will shape the debate.
Urge Governor Inslee and our state leaders to take concrete action to protect Washington now. Our communities and waterways are too important to risk. With your help, we can fight for real action in the 2015 legislative session. And, together we can stop the terminals in their tracks.Thank you again,
Citizens for a Clean Harbor
Inslee says state will act on oil trains
The number of oil trains running across Washington is unacceptable, and the Legislature will consider bills in the upcoming session that mandate advance notification of oil shipments by rail as well as more funding for railroad crossings and emergency response training, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.
King County Executive Dow Constantine added that oil companies are raking in profits while “the rest of us are picking up the costs.”