Oil train safety becomes hot new topic in Olympia
The fight over coal trains, billed as the Pacific Northwest’s biggest environment debate in decades (and one that has been passionately discussed in Edmonds due to its proximity to the railroad tracks), has been replaced by a new hot topic — oil transportation, our online news partner The Seattle Times reports.
Fueled by statistics showing that more oil spilled in the United States last year than in the 37 previous years combined — along with recent oil-train explosions — state lawmakers from both parties and chambers are pushing for quick action, The Times said.
“I think we all agree that this is an important issue for us to address to protect our citizens,” said state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, who chairs the Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee.
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