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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 16, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Oil trains: Too many dangers, no safety strategy

Nice to read that the chief executive of Harley Marine Services, who stands to make a fair amount of money from oil trains, is in favor of them [“The economy needs oil trains,” Opinion, July 10].

Taking Harley Franco’s money gain out of this equation, let’s look at a few other facts:

First, the oil currently traveling through Washington state is not being used domestically. It’s being sold, for more money, overseas.

Second, Iraq does not produce a very big percentage of American’s oil imports. The recent gas price increases have much more to do with Wall Street speculation than with any oil production anywhere.

Third, oil-car explosions come without warning. The only safety strategy devised so far is to evacuate those not killed by the explosion, and let the fire burn itself out.

Does this make oil trains sound like something any rational person would want going past their house? Maybe your house; I sure hope it’s not within two miles of mine.

Mike Shaw, Edmonds

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