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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 19, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Oil trains: Pressure government to act on this disaster-in-waiting

We are learning that the railroad tank cars carrying crude oil are not safe [“Railroad wants to send oil trains back into town where 47 died,” Nation & World, May 16]. The oil to be shipped is more flammable than crude. Also, the emergency-response planning along the rails is practically nonexistent. Does this mean that someone in Washington, D.C., agrees these oil trains should avoid populated areas?

We, the citizens of Washington and Oregon are the last stop for this train barreling right through our neighborhoods. If we don’t make absolutely certain our legislatures and our governors hear that we don’t want this disaster-in-waiting, we will have to hold ourselves responsible when the unintended consequences of this project become painfully obvious.

Four oil trains exploded last year, killing 47 people in one incident in Quebec. Ask the state Department of Ecology to study the cumulative impacts of all the proposed terminals on all rail communities .

Kay and Jim Postma, Vancouver

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