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August 26, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Gas prices: Oil trains not worth the risk

Thanks to the article by Angel Gonzalez, “Why fracking boom isn’t driving down Seattle gas prices” [Local News, Aug. 24]. One of the many important take-aways is gas prices are not going down even if rail shipments of Bakken oil through the Northwest increase dramatically.

The reporter got it right with “oil industry chips away at a ban on exports of U.S. crude. Eliminating that ban would tie domestic crude production more strongly to oil-hungry global markets which would raise its price” here at home. Let’s not fall prey to intimidation to allow more oil trains to move through the Northwest. Gas prices will stay high in any case, given the strength of oil lobbying to remove the ban on our oil exports. Don’t give away the beauty of the Northwest. Don’t take on inevitable Bakken oil-train explosions that would kill our citizens and destroy our property, for nothing in return.

Dennis Lowenthal, Edmonds

Comments | Topics: energy, oil trains

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