An oil train snaking its way through downtown Seattle
Photo credit: Marcus R. Donner, Puget Sound Business Journal
– “To Stop ‘Bomb Trains,’ I Honeymooned in Jail”
“With one tiny loose bolt, oil trains can erupt into an inferno, scorching everything for miles.
It was a few days after my wedding. I was supposed to be honeymooning at a nearby winery with my newly minted husband, celebrating our unlikely marriage at age 55.
Instead, I was sitting on the railroad tracks in the pouring rain. Along with 20 other brave souls, some weeping, some singing, I was facing down a locomotive in a town — Vancouver, Washington — that many fear will be forced to accept the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country.
Why would anyone do something like that?
Because a few short days before, we’d watched in horror as a mile-long train filled with Bakken crude derailed in Mosier, Oregon and burst into towering flames.
We call these oil trains “bomb trains” because we know, with one tiny loose bolt, they can erupt into an inferno, scorching everything for miles,” by Daphne Wysham, OtherWords, a project of the Policy Institute of Policy Studies.