Tankers, barges and trains, oh my: The growing fossil-fuel threats in Washington – Crosscut

While not immediately dangerous to the Peninsula, the increasing push to get crude oil shipped out from west coast ports here and in BC is intense and non stop. Here’s a good overview of the problem.

Vast amounts of crude oil, primarily from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota, is being transported by rail throughout the United State and Canada. Eleven rail terminals are in various stages of completion in Washington state in anticipation of receiving this “shale on rail.” The public and regulators need to take a closer look at the big picture.

Fred Felleman opines.