Monday, April 27, 2015
Stop the Dangerous Oil Trains. Protect Our Communities and Climate
The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s May 2015 TV program examines the escalating epidemic of oil trains that have been exploding across the U.S. and Canada. Besides explaining why this is happening, we also explain what people can do about it.
Explosive oil trains roll through our local communities in Washington State – Spokane, the Columbia River Gorge, Vancouver, Longview, Chehalis, Centralia, Grays Harbor, Everett, Skagit County, and Bellingham. In fact, all five of us in this TV interview – and all of the volunteers serving on our TV crew – live in communities that are endangered by these explosive oil trains.
At a few points during this TV program we show video footage that Robert Whitlock recorded of an oil train SE of Olympia, and another one crossing the Nisqually River near the border between Thurston County and Pierce County.
All four of our TV guests have been working on the problems – and also the solutions – for several years. They are well informed and very active in several different organizations, especially:
• Matt Krogh works with ForestEthics
• Abby Brockway works with Earth Ministry and the Faith Action Network
• Carlo Voli co-founded and works with 350 Seattle and Rising Tide Seattle
• Rod Tharp is an active member of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” group and is a lead organizer in the “People’s Climate Action Fleet.”