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Bellingham forum July 9 focuses on impact of oil trains

As part of a week of oil-train action events, two environmental groups will host a free forum in Bellingham on the impact of oil trains.

The forum, hosted by ForestEthics and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.

Speakers include Laura Skelton, executive director of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility; Rebecca Ponzio, oil campaign director for Washington Environmental Council; and Steve Garey, past-president of the United Steel Workers Local 12-591, which represents workers at the nearby Shell, Tesoro and Phillips 66 refineries.

After short presentations, there will be a question and answer period.

Matt Krogh , ForestEthics’ Extreme Oil Campaign director, will moderate the forum.

The forum is one of more than 100 events planned throughout the country the week of July 6, which is the second anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train explosion in Quebec that killed 47 people. Information on other events can be found at stopoiltrains.org.

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