Concerned trucks more dangerous than trains

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 7, 2014 

"Oil train concerns increasing in towns, cities across nation" reads the headline in The Bellingham Herald Dec. 20. "Incidents in 29 states since 2008," the headline continues. Valid concerns and issues of safety need to be addressed. But, what is the answer to this problem? Drive out to BP someday and look at the lineup of tanker rail cars and visualize each one coming out of the refinery being pulled by a semi-truck traveling down I-5 alongside your family vehicle. Many/most thoroughfares are already heavily congested and in need of repair, in particular from heavy truck traffic. Pipelines might wreak environmental hazards as well. But, folks, somehow product must get to market. Five rail incidents in five years is alarming, but surely transferring train loads to our highways is not the answer and will create even greater deadly statistics.

Carole Hopkins

Bellingham

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