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Gov. Inslee - Ban Oil Trains Now!

banoiltrainsnow.jpgThe derailment, fire, and oil spill in Mosier, OR--just across the Columbia Gorge from WA--proved once again that trains carrying Bakken oil cannot be made safe--not for communities, not for ecosystems, and not for the climate.

If the winds that day had been what they were the day before, that medium-sized disaster would have been an utter catastrophe.

We greatly appreciate that you said today that you're "not interested in symbolic measures", and that you've asked for a moratorium on tracks that meet only the weak standards UP used in Mosier. Will you stand up to oil companies, BNSF, and regulators who refuse to act, and go further to safeguard WA communities? Please institute a moratorium on all Bakken oil trains immediately, urge Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to permanently ban the shipment of Bakken crude by rail, and reject all proposals for new fossil fuel infrastructure. Washington State needs to find another way.

Even your own Department of Natural Resources agrees: these trains are no good. We can't pretend to lead on climate change if we're acting as the fossil fuel depot for the world.

1,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Jenny Taylor
    signed 2016-06-25 12:00:54 -0700
  • Robert Thoms
    signed via 2016-06-25 11:55:43 -0700
  • Priscilla Martinez
    signed 2016-06-25 11:40:04 -0700
    Priscilla Martinez
  • Sally Mackey
    signed 2016-06-25 11:36:14 -0700
  • Mark Vossler
    signed 2016-06-25 11:35:32 -0700
  • Deborah O'Reilly
    signed 2016-06-25 11:34:46 -0700
  • Joseph Young
    signed 2016-06-25 11:32:45 -0700
  • Faye Ranney
    signed 2016-06-25 11:31:03 -0700
  • Gail Badner
    signed 2016-06-25 11:29:19 -0700
  • Emily LastWilloughby
    signed 2016-06-25 11:24:37 -0700
    We do not want unsafe trains of any sort going through our state, especially not those carrying highly flammable contents, such as oil!
  • Debbie Thorn
    signed 2016-06-25 11:22:37 -0700
  • Andrew Whittle
    signed 2016-06-25 11:19:16 -0700
    Andrew Whittle
  • Cathy Spalding
    signed 2016-06-25 11:16:58 -0700
    Cathy Spalding
  • Angela Ginorio
    signed 2016-06-25 11:13:23 -0700
  • Lorraine Johnson
    signed 2016-06-25 11:13:00 -0700
  • Kathryn Plitt
    signed 2016-06-25 11:12:47 -0700
  • Aaron Crosetto
    signed 2016-06-25 11:00:01 -0700
    Mandatory. Keep carbon in the ground, no more trains, carbon taxes immediately. Thank you.
  • bea wilson
    signed 2016-06-25 10:59:33 -0700
  • Jean Darsie
    signed 2016-06-25 10:53:48 -0700
    As someone who lives in the “blast zone”, I want all of these oil trains to STOP! Please, you are billed as a Governor who supports the environment and meaningful action to prevent climate change, I call on you to act! Thank you.
  • Lauren Tozzi
    signed 2016-06-25 10:53:23 -0700
    Lauren M. Tozzi
  • Eric Lemberg
    signed 2016-06-25 10:52:40 -0700
    Eric Lemberg
  • James Maroncelli
    signed 2016-06-25 10:52:06 -0700
  • Susan Kay
    signed 2016-06-25 10:51:41 -0700
  • Debra Wolfley
    signed 2016-06-25 10:51:24 -0700
    There are trains running right through Seattle! What will you do when, instead of horns, a Mariner’s or Seahawks’ game is rudely interrupted by a train explosion? Debra Wolfley
  • Donald Larson
    signed 2016-06-25 10:47:33 -0700
    Ban oil trains to Pacific Northwest ports now
  • Kim Loftness
    signed 2016-06-25 10:46:50 -0700
  • Wendy Atmore
    signed 2016-06-25 10:44:32 -0700
  • Kathy Hall
    signed 2016-06-25 10:42:59 -0700
    Kathy Hall
  • Susan Wilkie
    signed 2016-06-25 10:39:52 -0700
    I live on the bluff over Chambers Creek. By the estimates, we (186 units) are within one mile of the danger zone around tracks that carry oil trains regularly. To the east of our condos is a development of homes in Chambers Gardens, with only two access roads in and out. Between my neighbors (and me) and safety are a maze of small winding roads with many homes and some condos.

    In a fast moving fire, caused by a railroad fire or even a windblown grass fire, we will have thousands trying to get to safety and the Fire Trucks coming into our area compounding the traffic mess. I know some of this already, because there was a grass fire in the pre-Chambers Gardens days. There were 5 fire trucks between our entry and my condo and I had to park in a vacant lot to ask the fireman if I still had a place to live.

    Think about that, and the fact that I hear lots of trains going through late and night.
  • Timothy Craig
    signed 2016-06-25 10:39:30 -0700