Meeting to share results of Snohomish County train watch

Jun 05, 2014

Local residents are invited to learn more about the coal and oil trains that transport materials that are "toxic and explosive" through Snohomish County, according to the county Sierra Club.

The results and findings of the Snohomish County Train Watch will be presented and discussed at a public forum, in coordination with the Sierra Club of Snohomish County, Transition Port Gardner and 350 Seattle.

The train watch was organized to learn the exact quantities of coal and oil-by-rail transports through the community, which is information that is not readily available to the public.

For one week in April, dozens of volunteers held watch on the tracks in Edmonds, Everett and Marysville to count the number of trains passing though Snohomish County en route to the coal export facility in Delta, B.C. and the refineries in Anacortes and Cherry Point.

The Snohomish County Train Watch was organized by Everett resident Dean Smith in coordination with the Sierra Club of Snohomish County.

"Trains with hazardous cargo have been traveling through our cities for decades," Smith said. "What's different now is the volume and the content.

"With the increase in production of fracked oil from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota, we've seen an increase in explosive rail disasters in North America in the past year, which we hope to prevent here."

The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 10, at the Everett Library Auditorium, 2703 Hoyt Ave. A reception at 6:45 p.m. is followed by a presentation and meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Learn about possible risks, issues specific to Snohomish County, the latest developments from across the nation and what residents can do about it.

For more information, contact Steven Liedlich at stevenrliedlich@gmail.com or 425-876-1633.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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