Trench OK, but Bakken Oil is a no go | Letter

Jul 17, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

Two recent suggestions to use a train trench to mediate Edmonds traffic congestion is an OK approach, if buildable and affordable [“Commotion around Locomotion,” The Beacon, front page, July 3].

But it cannot be used to justify moving Bakken oil through the Northwest when its been proven lethal, killing 47 people in Canada and destroying 30 buildings.

Three oil train explosions have already occurred in the U.S., spilling oil into a river, luckily without injury.

A trench would solve Edmonds traffic issues, but only marginally protects a small part of Edmonds from a lethal disaster.

It leaves long stretches of our communities vulnerable to explosions that must be left to burn themselves out.

It is only a matter of time before explosions occur in Washington.

A moving pipeline of Bakken oil is unsafe and should not be allowed.

Intensifying the transition to renewable sources and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels lowers the threatening effects of climate change, increases the safety of our communities and maintains the beauty of the Northwest.

Let’s move beyond explosive Bakken oil.


Dennis Lowenthal



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