As we near the anniversary of the Lac-Megantic oil train derailment and explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last summer, communities across Washington State are wondering what the dramatic increase in regional oil train traffic means for them.
Next week, some of our northern Washington neighbors will have an opportunity to find out. As part of the National Week of Action commemorating the tragedy, I’ll be speaking at a community forum in Anacortes on Tuesday, along with representatives from Earthjustice, Forest Ethics, Friends of the San Juans, RE-Sources, and the Anacortes City Council.
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Time and location details are below. The event is open to the public, but an RSVP is recommended. And if you’re wanting to study up a bit on oil trains before the event, see my ongoing series “The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails.”