Emergency response crews continue tonight to monitor the smoldering wreckage of a Bakken oil train which derailed and ignited today in Mosier, Oregon. Following the blast, the Stand Up To Oil campaign called for denial of all oil train project proposals and an immediate ban on all oil train traffic in Washington and Oregon. Portland Rising Tide emphatically supports this ban.
Stand Up to Oil writes in a June 3 press release, “The devastation in Mosier underscores the risk that each town and neighborhood along the rail line faces: Spokane, Portland, Tacoma, and so many more”.
“The oil industry has demonstrated that they’re incapable of handling the product safely. We cannot continue to put our communities at risk by allowing these unsafe oil trains to travel unchecked through the Northwest.”
The community is gathering together in Hood River tomorrow in response to the oil train derailment and fire, likely accompanied by a Stand Up to Oil press conference.
Waterfall Park in Hood River
115 State St, Hood River, OR 97031
(near Big Horse Brewing)
Saturday, June 4, 12 noon
10:30 – 12:00 Sign Painting, Friends of the Columbia Gorge office, 205 Oak St. #17, Hood River
12:00 – 12:45 Rally, Overlook Memorial Park (2nd Street & State Street, downtown Hood River)
12:45 – 1:30 March through Hood River, across I-84 Bridge, down to the HR Waterfront Park
Check the Facebook event, please RSVP & invite folks/share
The traffic in the area is really terrible today but we hope that by tomorrow it will have calmed down. Please dress appropriately for the very hot weather.
STAND UP TO OIL is a growing coalition of groups opposed to new oil terminals and an increase in oil transport through the Northwest, while working to improve safety measures for oil currently traveling through the region. Learn more at Standuptooil.org