Public comment open on increased fossil fuels | Letter

Jul 31, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

If currently proposed terminals for coal and oil are developed, train traffic through Washington state is projected to increase from three to 11 oil trains daily and from two to 18 loaded coal trains daily, according to the July 27 Seattle Times.

How will this effect each of us in Edmonds?

Human health, environmental contamination, traffic delays, business interruption, forestalled emergency response to the waterfront and the train derailments with potential spill and explosive fire.

Last week Burlington Northern Santa Fe train cars loaded at the Bakken oil field in North Dakota and bound for the refinery at Anacortes left the track while moving at less than 5 miles per hour under the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle.

Much of the expense of responding to these events is borne by taxpayers.

Until Aug. 6, the Army Corp of Engineers is taking public comment regarding an existing project at the BP Cherry Point Marine Terminal dock.

This project, if in operation, will facilitate more oil through Washington state.

The dock has two deep-water berths, north and south wings, which are being evaluated for environmental impact.

An increase in transportation of fossil fuels contributes to global warming, and does not help us prepare for a healthy future, economically or environmentally.

A transition from fossil fuels is challenging but as Hank Paulson, prior Secretary of the Treasury, stated in the New York Times, “renewable energy can out compete dirty fuels once pollution costs are accounted for.”

He writes a tax on carbon emissions will unleash a wave of innovation to develop technologies, lower the costs of clean energy, and create jobs.

Please express your views during the BP Cherry Point Environmental Impact Statement comment period, open until Aug. 6. Letters can be mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch, Attn: Olivia Romano, Project Manager, P.O. Box 3755, Seattle, WA 98124, or emailed to


Dianna Maish



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