The concern about safer oil tanker trains and inspection costs are a few of many concerns which must be addressed before we have more oil tankers rolling through our neighborhoods and cities.
Who will inspect the bridges for safety? Railroads don't have to permit any inspections on bridges or tracks. What protection will people have if there is an accident and spill or explosion?
In the 2013 Quebec explosion, which killed 47 people, damages ran to almost $2 billion. The railroad company had $25 million in insurance and declared bankruptcy.
In the recent West Virginia explosion and fire, people living one mile from the tracks said they felt the heat. The federal emergency evacuation zone for derailments is just a half mile on either side of the tracks, and one mile for fires. In Steilacoom, that means much of the town.
What does that mean for University Place? Ruston? Old Town and downtown Tacoma? Puyallup? Will oil trains run during the Chambers Bay golf tournaments? How will property values be affected?