Oil trains are a big issue in our area, as this Bog continues to report.
– “Nisqually Oil Spill Response Plan – Public Presentation”
“Yelm – On Monday, July 6, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., Harry Chichester, of the Washington State Department of Ecology, will provide a public presentation on the oil spill response plan (Geographic Response Plan) for the Nisqually River region, to be held at 308 Yelm Avenue, Yelm, WA 98597. Mr. Chichester is the Geographic Response Plans Lead for the Washington State Department of Ecology. Geographic Response Plans are intended to identify resources at risk from oil spills and to prioritize strategies to reduce injuries to those resources. The public is encouraged to come learn more about the risk of oil spills in our area and the State’s plans to respond to such a spill, including spills from oil trains.
The 2nd Legislative District Democrats are hosting the oil spill presentation as a non-partisan public forum; all are welcome to attend. The regular monthly meeting of the 2nd Legislative District Democrats will follow the public presentation for anyone who would like to stay and participate. Phyllis Farrell, Chair of the 2nd Legislative District Democrats, noted, “With the increase in oil trains – and spills from those trains – this is an issue that affects all of us, no matter who you vote for. We hope all our neighbors will come learn more about the State’s plans to protect the Nisqually River basin from oil spills.”
The 2nd Legislative District Democrats are the Democratic Party in Washington State’s 2nd Legislative District, which contains both Mt. Rainier and proudly independent voters. The 2nd Legislative District includes parts of south Pierce County and north Thurston County. Communities that are wholly or partly within the 2nd Legislative District include Yelm, Lacey, Roy, Rainier, Graham, Frederickson, Orting, Eatonville, and Carbonado. The 2nd Legislative District is one of Washington State’s 49 Legislative Districts that determine representation in the Washington State Legislature. The 2nd Legislative District Democrats meet on the first Monday of every month; anyone with an interest is welcome to attend.”
– UPDATE: September 2, 2015
“Told to fix leaky oil train cars in 2 months, owners sought 3 years”
“Washington state spills led to March order from federal agency
Industry group asked for three-year extension
Regulators gave owners until end of 2015,”
by Curtis Tate and Samantha Wohlfeil, McClatchy Washington Bureau.