Hi Jeanne,

This year, the Washington State Legislature took a bold step forward to protect our communities from dangerous crude oil trains by requiring oil trains to meet simple safety requirements that reduce the volatility of oil traveling through Washington. Now, the Trump administration is putting the oil industry first and trying to gut this new law.

Take action now to defend Washington’s right to protect our people and waterways.

We’ve seen the horrifying pictures of derailed tank cars, burning oil, and mushroom clouds of fire and smoke from oil train derailments. In 2013, an oil train derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, causing 47 fatalities. In 2016, a Bakken crude oil train derailed and burned in our backyard in the town of Mosier, Oregon. We have seen enough: we know oil trains are reckless.

This year, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law requiring lower vapor pressures (an indicator of volatility) for any crude oil to be loaded or unloaded in Washington. This law would reduce the risk of catastrophes like Lac-Mégantic.

Now, North Dakota and Montana, where Bakken crude oil originates, have asked a federal agency called the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to declare the Washington law invalid. PHMSA has opened a public comment period. Join us in telling PHMSA to uphold Washington’s right to protect its people and its environment from an onslaught of dangerous oil trains.

Thank you for all you do,
Dan Serres, Conservation Director
dan@columbiariverkeeper.org | 503-890-2441
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