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Category: Oil train
November 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Oil trains: Imaginable tragedies are inevitable

Thank you for publishing the opinion piece from Peter Goldmark and the tribal leaders regarding the dangers of oil transport through our state [“Unacceptable risks from oil trains,” Opinion, Nov. 20). The issues raised are serious and immediate. I ask you to imagine a train derailment and explosion in Sodo during a major sporting…


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July 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Oil trains: Inaction created by dualing interests of profitability and safety

Oil shipments by rail through any community are dogged by what seems like irreconcilable conflicts of interest [“Oil train derails in Interbay in Seattle, no spills,” The Today File, July 24]. First there is the need for profitability by the railroad. Second there is the need for a safe and reasonable impact on…


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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…


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May 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Billy Frank Jr.: Honor him by opposing oil terminals

Billy Frank Jr. was a fighter for a healthy ecosystem right to the very end [“Billy Frank Jr. spoke for salmon, tribes and the natural environment,” Opinion, May 6]. On the morning of his passing, his last editorial was posted on his Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission blog “Being Frank.” In “Keep Big Oil…


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January 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Oil trains: The dangers of Bakken oil in our backyard

Is anyone else troubled that North Dakota Bakken oil is now being transported through the Puget Sound region along our Third World rail transportation system? [“Oil trains are the new coal trains,” Opinion, Dec. 31]. It seems all too common in the winter months for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks to be wiped…


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