An oil train snaking its way through downtown Seattle
PHOTO CREDIT: Marcus R. Donner/Puget Sound Business Journal
– “Railroad line trains first responders”
“Firefighters and other public safety personnel from Olympia, Centralia, Tacoma and Auburn were among more than 900 Washington state crews trained in hazmat operations, especially as related to oil trains.
BNSF paid the bills for 56 personnel who attended a three-day session last week in Marysville. Another 91 took specialized crude=by-rail training at a national research and training facility in Pueblo, Colorado through the spring and summer of 2015,” quoting the Pierce County Business Examiner.
– “Videos show disputed oil trains rolling by [Seattle] stadiums during games”
By Jeff Burnside, KOMO TV 4, Seattle.
– Seattle City Council on Oil Trains
“Last year in Seattle, a train passing through our city ran off the tracks underneath the Magnolia Bridge, derailing three of its 100 tank cars carrying Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to a refinery in Anacortes, WA. We are thankful that no oil spilled or ignited, considering Bakken is highly flammable and easily ignited at normal temperatures by heat, static discharges, sparks, vapors, or flames.
This oil train derailment was not an isolated incident.”
“Council has taken several steps to urge federal regulators to change oil train transport policy, considering BNSF Railway reports moving 8-16 oil trains per week through Seattle, all containing 1,000,000 or more gallons of Bakken crude,” quoting the Seattle City Council’s website.