This past week, a string of oil train derailments, explosions, and spills across North America dumped pollutants into waterways and neighborhoods; made a mockery of newer and 'safer" tank car models; and underlined the utter madness of transporting Bakken crude and tar sands oil by rail. In response to these latest disasters, 350 Seattle is organizing a rally on Tuesday, near King Street Station.
The rally will take place at 5:30 PM outside the southern entrance to a hundred year-old rail tunnel that extends one mile beneath downtown Seattle. Oil trains currently roll through this tunnel on a daily basis.
We are at ground zero. The developers of the Alberta tar sands, the Bakken oil fields and the Powder River Basin are focused on the Northwest as the cheapest route to reach markets for their crude oil and coal. In the last few years, industry has proposed two large oil pipelines, five new natural gas pipelines, seven coal export terminals, and nearly a dozen oil-by-rail facilities in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. And now, the Port of Seattle has agreed to be home to Artic drilling machinery. If all is permitted, some communities in Washington would see up to 60 trains carrying crude oil and coal, and an unprecedented 4,000 tankers on our waters.
We need to keep saying NO to this unhealthy insanity and YES to clean energy.
Please join us in expressing our profound opposition to oil trains in Seattle and a future that builds out projects that continue our use of global warming causing fuels like oil and coal.
Wear red, and bring your own home-made signs if you'd like; there will also be opportunities to hold oil train props and LED lit letters with the message: NO OIL TRAINS ~ NOT UNDER OUR CITY.
Rally: No oil trains! ~ Not Under Our City
Tuesday February 24th, 5:30 PM
4th Ave. and S. Jackson St, across from King Street Station, Seattle
FB event page is here.