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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?

  • Roger Nachman
    signed via 2016-06-29 15:08:54 -0700
  • Florine Gingerich
    signed 2016-06-29 15:05:34 -0700
  • Karen Mitchell
    signed 2016-06-29 13:32:01 -0700
    Karen Mitchell
  • Maxine Lipkin
    signed via 2016-06-29 12:36:10 -0700
  • Tim Manion
    signed 2016-06-29 12:15:49 -0700
    For as long as there’s been an American West, moneyed interests have treated it as a resource-colony, and its citizens as wage slaves for a seemingly never-ending process of mindless extraction of things all headed elsewhere. What a gesture of love it would be to our Pacific Northwest kids to begin shutting that idiot process down here in Wadshingtom even before its inevitable implosion. What a lesson it would provide them to see their elders choose not to do something not because they couldn’t, but because in the deepest human terms it was wrong. Now THAT, folks, that’s family values…
  • Lynne Carol
    signed via 2016-06-29 11:30:15 -0700
  • Marilyn Tuohy
    signed 2016-06-29 10:35:56 -0700
  • Beverly Dooley
    signed 2016-06-29 07:01:27 -0700
  • Susan Hoog
    signed 2016-06-29 04:27:20 -0700
  • Chelsea Li
    signed 2016-06-28 23:56:02 -0700
  • Vivien Sharples
    signed 2016-06-28 20:58:18 -0700
  • Beth Sellars
    signed 2016-06-28 19:31:34 -0700
    Beth Sellars
  • Joyce Turner
    signed 2016-06-28 18:20:59 -0700
  • Kara Hafkey
    signed 2016-06-28 15:14:59 -0700
  • Nathaniel Blair-Stahn
    signed 2016-06-28 13:36:02 -0700
  • Margaret Barrie
    signed 2016-06-28 13:34:17 -0700
  • Kristin Schimik
    signed 2016-06-28 12:59:36 -0700
  • Margo Polley
    signed 2016-06-28 12:44:00 -0700
  • Brandon Krebs
    signed 2016-06-28 11:29:31 -0700
  • Jean K. Cassill
    signed 2016-06-28 10:51:05 -0700
    I live near the train tracks and would be relieved for my safety to know there is a ban on oil and coal trains.
  • Staci Imes
    signed 2016-06-28 09:09:03 -0700
  • Robin Boynton
    signed 2016-06-28 06:04:54 -0700
  • Irene Reep
    signed 2016-06-28 00:25:26 -0700
    It’s not enough to just ban one railway company, and leave the biggest culprit on the West Coast, BNSF, to keep on with the dangerous “business as usual” of transporting dangerous Bakkan crude in now 1&1/2 mile long “bomb” trains through the NW. Truth be known there are no “safe” oil trains or rails for them to ride on, so every “bomb” train is a disaster in the making for our environment!
  • FirstGary PiazzonLast
    signed 2016-06-28 00:06:52 -0700
    The madness must end or end us. There is no time for politics as usual. This is the time as Senator Sanders recognizes, for bold revolutionary action. Banning bomb trains would be a good thing. thank-you
  • Sheri Staley
    signed 2016-06-27 23:49:16 -0700
    I first saw you when campaigning in Olympia with Al Gore. it gave me hope. I hate to lose it!Sheri Staley
  • carol FArnha
    signed 2016-06-27 23:41:55 -0700
  • Melvin Mackey
    signed 2016-06-27 23:37:19 -0700
    Oil trains are weapons of mass destruction — they must go!
  • Elizabeth Stalket
    signed 2016-06-27 23:09:49 -0700
  • gajus miknaitis
    signed 2016-06-27 22:41:30 -0700
  • Liz Franklin
    signed 2016-06-27 22:41:02 -0700