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…More
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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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More