Next month, Eric de Place will head to Tacoma to discuss how oil trains and other dirty energy proposals put Tacoma residents—and their wallets—at risk.

Tacoma is now the Northwest city most threatened by oil trains. New Sightline research reveals that 80,000 barrels of crude oil per day are permitted to travel on a publicly owned railway into the heart of Tacoma’s industrial area. In addition, another 15 loaded trains bound for north Puget Sound refineries can also pass through the city each week. No other urban center in the region plays host to so much oil train capacity inside city limits.

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  • In addition, a new proposal for a methanol refinery in Tacoma has recently gained media attention. Eric de Place will also explore the fundamentals of methanol facilities—and what they mean for Tacoma and beyond.

    Event Details:

    • What: The Thin Green Line: How Oil Trains Put Tacoma At Risk, a presentation and Q&A with Sightline Institute policy director Eric de Place
    • When: Tuesday, October 13th, 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
    • Where:  Milgard Assembly Room in William W. Philip Hall (WPH) at UW Tacoma,1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA (map)

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    This event is free and open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so please arrive early. We’ll provide coffee, tea, and dessert. We hope to see you on October 13th, and if you can, spread the word to friends and family!