Potential impact of coal trains

By Sharon Sneddon | Oct 30, 2012


In the Oct. 18 issue of the Edmonds Beacon, Mayor Dave Earling explained that there will be cuts to many programs and services next year due a budget shortfall.

On a positive note, Earling said the city has had great success in bringing new businesses to town.

Revenues from businesses are an important part of the city budget. But will new businesses continue to set up shop in Edmonds once nine more mile and one-half long coal trains start rumbling along our waterfront disrupting traffic and polluting our environment?

An editorial in the October 24 issue of the Seattle Times reported that mudslides along the  railroad tracks canceled 70 Sounder North trains in 2011 and 41 in 2012.

I’ve waited a couple hours extra in the Edmonds station for a southbound Amtrack coming from Vancouver BC when it was detained while a mudslide was being cleared off the tracks.

The coal trains would be running along this same railroad track, spewing coal dust off the cars, some of which builds up on the tracks. Coal train derailments are frequently caused by this buildup on the railroad track. Couple that with the mudslides and it seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

Let your voice be heard on this important issue.

Come to the Coal Export Organizing  and Scoping Workshop to be held Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7-9 p.m., in the Edmonds Library Plaza room.

Then attend the hearing which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4-7 p.m., in the Wellness Center Gym at North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N., Seattle.

It’s important to have a large community representation at this hearing, so please join us!


Sharon Sneddon



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