Objects to oil, coal rail shipments


Over the past several months, Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway workers have left a roadbed repair diesel locomotive running unattended for extended periods. The locomotive, located at the entrance to Marine Park opposite the ferry terminal, runs for hours on end spewing diesel exhaust into the atmosphere and I believe ruining the quiet tranquility of the park. BNSF even left the running locomotive unattended throughout the Ski to Sea race last weekend, when many hundreds of citizens were present.

BNSF wants to transport enormous quantities of coal and oil through our state and promises environmental responsibility and viable safety precautions. I believe leaving an enormous, polluting piece of machinery operating without staff present does not align with those promises. I find it irresponsible, dangerous and polluting.

I believe we cannot trust BNSF to provide safe, environmentally responsible transport of oil and coal through Washington. Don't let them do it. Contact your elected representatives and let them know that residents of Whatcom County reject these dirty and dangerous shipments.

Paul Stephenson


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