Bob L. Just My Opinion But Cry Babies Want Every Thing Their Way, It Is The Fad
Oct. 30th 2014
Cry All You Want, if you are so worried about the oil trains then why don’t you stop all movement of Oil, Gasoline, Natural Gas, Coal, that move by Railroad and our Roadways, and close down all gas stations, and that goes for Natural Gas Pipe Lines, every one of them has a potential of Exploding in and around your Neighborhood, not to say all cities that they go through.
The best thing to do is stop any thing that runs on Gasoline, Diesel, Propane, Natural Gas, and even Electric, these are all hazardous to people in one way or another and can cause death by Exploding or Electrocution, it is saying that you can not have every thing you want.
Comment on oil trains to be taken at Olympia meeting
People concerned about the increasing number of oil trains traversing the state are expected Thursday evening at a meeting in Olympia to comment on the preliminary findings of a state study on oil-train safety and spill response.
By Hal Bernton Seattle Times staff reporter
Oct. 30th 2014
If you plan to go
The hearing is at the Red Lion Inn, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia.
State officials are proposing more funding and more regulatory authority to step up oversight of the surging numbers of oil trains carrying crude through Washington, and to better prepare for any possible spills.
The proposals are included in the preliminary findings of a state study that is the focus of a Thursday evening meeting in Olympia, where public comment will be taken.
The report — in an interim form — is scheduled to be delivered to Gov. Jay Inslee in December. The draft findings already are spurring state agencies to prepare legislation, according to Lisa Copeland, a Department of Ecology spokeswoman.
The report includes a dozen measures that could be taken up by the Legislature to try to improve safety and spill response. They include modifying the railroad regulatory-fee structure so that more rail inspectors are hired, providing new state authority to monitor the safety of rail crossings on private roads and launching a new state grant program to finance firefighting equipment.
The increasing number of oil trains moving through Washington result from a fundamental shift in the source of Pacific Northwest oil. Alaska North Slope crude production is declining, and the Bakken fields of North Dakota are booming.
In 2011, almost no oil trains traversed Washington.
Now, state officials say, some 19 trains carry crude across the state each week. Over a year’s time, those trains move some 2.87 billion gallons of oil. After they unload their crude, some of the Bakken oil is transported by tug and barge to Puget Sound refineries
In the aftermath of a July 6, 2013, oil-train derailment and explosion in Canada that killed 47 people, crude trains have raised public concern and prompted state officials in Washington and elsewhere to increase scrutiny of such trains.
There were eight other “notable crude oil derailments in North America in 2013 and 2014, and the report says that Bakken crude “may present significant risks with respect to public safety due to its higher volatility and flammability.”
By 2020, in Washington, the crude-oil traffic through the state could more than triple to 59 trains a week if expansion plans for terminals are actually completed,
“We felt it was important to lay out what is in the realm of the possible, “ said Scott Ferguson, a Department of Ecology official who has assisted with the report.
The report is being prepared by a team of consultants along with the state Ecology Department, Utilities and Transportation Commission and other state agencies. It examines the public health, safety and environmental risks posed by the movement of crude oil by rail as well as by vessel through Washington waters.
On the maritime front, the report notes proposals to build new rail transfer and storage facilities in the Lower Columbia River and Grays Harbor would result in transfers to tank vessels, and thus push crude oil maritime traffic into locations “that have not previously had such large amounts of traffic.”
Much of the report reviews the expansion of train traffic through Washington.
Most of the oil trains that move through the state are operated by BNSF Railway.
Gus Melonas, a BNSF spokesman, said the railway is reviewing the preliminary findings and will submit comments.
He said that BNSF has been assisting with firefighter training and taking other steps to improve safety. To help reduce the risks of a derailments, for example, the crude-oil trains move at speeds of less than 20 miles an hour through Seattle and Vancouver, Wash.
“We have invested nearly $500 million in the past three years in track upgrades in Washington,” Melonas said
BNSF also is focusing on crew compliance with railway rules, as well as inspections to ensure the safe movement of trains.
“As a common carrier we are obligated to move all types of freight,” Melonas said. “We don’t control what we haul, but we control how we haul it.”
Hal Bernton: 206-464-2581 or firstname.lastname@example.org