Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Columbian editorial: Oil terminal proponents' argument is a tough sell

Vancouver Washington Waterfront Aerial over the Columbia River

Jayne: Oil terminal proponents' argument is a tough sell

By Greg Jayne, Columbian opinion editor  
......The Columbian's Editorial Board met recently with Dan Riley, vice president of government affairs for petroleum refiner Tesoro Corp., and Jared Larrabee, general manager of Vancouver Energy, which would operate the facility. They were friendly and articulate and effectively stated their case in favor of the terminal. But at the end of the day, I'm not sure I buy it.

You see, the biggest problem with the terminal proposal is a matter of vision. A vision for Vancouver. A vision for the Gorge. A vision for all of Southwest Washington. And it seems the vision would be muddled by having the country's largest oil terminal. Is that really how we want Vancouver to be known? While the rest of the Northwest is developing a creative, dynamic economy, it doesn't make sense for this area to become inextricably identified with heavy industry that has a dubious environmental impact......   more here

There are more than 1,000 train derailments in the US every year, per DOT statistics.

Freight Train Derails in Cicero

NBC Chicago  01/06/15

Authorities on Tuesday morning shut down West 26th Street in Cicero after a freight train derailed.

Several cars of the BNSF train went off the tracks at 26th Street east of Ogden Avenue at about 2:45 a.m., a Cicero police spokesperson told NBC Chicago. The officer did not know what the train was hauling.....   video also at site

Freight Train Derailment In Citrus Heights Prompts Hazmat Response

January 5, 2015 | CBS – Sacramento | CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — A freight train has derailed in Citrus Heights, prompting the evacuation of a rail yard due to the contents of one of the cars.

[original item deleted by CBS Sacramento, replacement carefully does not mention that one car contained toluene, an organic solvent. Health hazards info here. ]

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