Local Movement Opposes Fuel Transport By Rail

Nov 15, 2016

Environmentalists are trying to ban train shipments of oil and other fuels through Oregon cities, including Eugene.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Fuel tanker cars on the rails.
Credit Flickr.com's woodleywonderworks

A group called 350 Eugene plans to present a resolution to the city council later this month, arguing that moving fuel cars near or through communities endangers residents and the environment.

Tarika Powell is with the Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based think-tank dedicated to environmental sustainability and social justice.  She says incidents like the oil train derailment and fire in Mosier has stirred concern over the issue.

Tarika Powell, Senior Research Associate for the Seattle-based Sightline Institute.
Credit Brian Bull

“And people are trying to exercise their power to have more say, to ask the federal government to require the railroads to let them know when hazardous materials are coming through, so that the first responders can have some awareness, so that they can get there quickly.”

Powell is part of a panel discussion organized by 350 Eugene.

The city itself saw a train derailment in September, which included a tanker car filled with liquefied petroleum gas.  It didn’t rupture.

The panel will be held tonight at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene.