The public is invited to learn more about the issue of coal and oil trains that transport toxic and explosive materials through Snohomish County at a meeting in Everett this Tuesday, June 10. The results and findings of the Snohomish County Train Watch will be presented and discussed at a public forum, in coordination with the Sierra Club of Snohomish County, Transition Port Gardner and 350 Seattle.
According to event organizers, the train watch was organized in an effort to learn the exact quantities of coal and oil-by-rail transports through the community — information that the rail industry does not share with the public. For a one week period in April, dozens of volunteers held watch on the tracks in Edmonds, Everett and Marysville to count the number of trains passing though Snohomish County en route to the coal export facility in Delta, BC and the refineries in Anacortes and Cherry Point.
The Snohomish County Train Watch was organized by Everett resident Dean Smith in coordination with the Sierra Club of Snohomish County.
“Trains with hazardous cargo have been traveling through our cities for decades. What’s different now is the volume and the content,” Smith said in a press release. “With the increase in production of fracked oil from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota, we’ve seen an increase in explosive rail disasters in North America in the past year, which we hope to prevent here.”
The meeting begins with a reception at 6:45 p.m., followed by a meeting and presentation at 7:30 p.m. in the Everett Public Library Auditorium, 2703 Hoyt Ave.