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…to our rainy but very spirited Pike Place Market anti-oil train press conference. The vendors were terrific, and had widespread and respectful coverage. Thanks, too, to former Mayor Mike McGinn, who had a favorite quote of the day: ”If [these explosions] were happening with airplanes they would be grounded, with cars they would be recalled. We probably even give toasters more scrutiny for safety. It’s time for the government to do its job and ban these trains.”
Here are more details, and below is some of the coverage:
150+ folks turned out last night for a spirited action held to highlight the dangers of oil trains and also to celebrate our victory in Skagit County, where on Monday the Hearing Examiner ruled that Shell can’t move forward with expansion plans (to accept oil trains) without a full environmental and safety review. No more rubber stamps for projects we know are catastrophic, whether because of their climate impacts or because of their local environmental and safety concerns.
Two dozen or so folks stayed after the event to wait for the next oil train, and shine a light, quite literally, on their dangers. Be sure to check out the video!
Please join us at 5:30 pm across from the King St. train station, at 2nd and Jackson, where we’ll gather to protest the craziness of having explosive trains travel daily through and UNDER our city.
Just this week, the AP reported that the Department of Transportation has estimated there will be fifteen derailments of oil trains this year, like the one that happened in West Virginia last week. If it were to happen in downtown Seattle, it would be catastrophic.
Join us in calling for a halt to all new permits for oil-by-rail infrastructure, and a revocation of all existing permits for the same.
This is insane…and this train was made up of the new, supposedly “safer” cars.
Nothing about these trains can be made safe, but the idea of going to 1-person crews (for mile-long trains!) has got to be one of the most irresponsible ideas ever. Please write to your legislators to urge them to support SB 5697, which requires 4 crew members on unit oil trains, and also to President Obama to demand new safety regulations.
On February 22nd, 2015, Garfield High School students from Global Visionaries are showing the film The Vanishing of the Bees, with guest speakers Kirin Bhatti from Common Acre and local beekeeper Korvus Blackbird, as part of their youth-led fundraising film and lecture series, Visionary Viewing.
It’s from 4:30 to 7pm at the University of Washington’s Savery Hall (Rm# 260). More info. is on the Facebook Event page.
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