Thursday, January 21, 2016

Letter: Follow will of people on oil project

(ed. note: check out the comments section)
By Al Fischer, Vancouver
Published: January 21, 2016, 6:00 AM
In his Jan. 11 letter, “Allow for rational review of project,” Tom Nelson knows we are not blinded sheep to feed on right-wing propaganda, which his British political hot air is. Reviewers show that Matt Ridley (“The Rational Optimist”) was writing what the rich bureaucrat haters’ “deregulators” like to hear.
Facts concerning fossil fuel contamination of our atmosphere cannot be kept under cover any longer. The transfer of oil, much of it volatile Bakken oil, by rail as proposed is questionable because derailment fires cannot be mitigated and derailment cannot be prevented. The now-public environmental impact statement mentions only three derailment disasters when there actually have been 11 — 3 in 2013, 3 in 2014, and 5 in 2015 — in two-and-a-half years. It is alleged that the executive summary of the statement “does not even mention any derailment, fires, or fatalities.”
Our Port of Vancouver commission, while otherwise providing great leadership, have been asked to reconsider their proposal. Opponents of the proposal, under great leadership, have thousands of followers and have stopped other coal/oil proposed projects up and down the Washington Coast. There is good reason now for the port commissioners to follow the counsel of the people.
Anyone may still write to the state council by email to, or you can address your concern to the governor’s office.
Friends of Columbia Gorge have everything you need to make a comment.
The state is taking public comments on the project until Jan. 22. Direct link to comment:

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