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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

A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D., on Dec. 30. The crash prompted new questions about the safety of oil transportation. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy) Is anyone else troubled that North Dakota Bakken oil is now being transported through the Puget Sound region along our Third World rail transportation…

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