Re: "Derailed train burns for hours" (TNT, 2-18).
What are we doing in Steilacoom to mitigate the same thing happening here on our waterfront? We and our neighbors have counted between 100 and 150 oil tankers on the trains that pass through our town.
We have been concerned about the oil and coal trains coming through our beautiful and historic town for many years. The coal trains are filthy, spewing their coal dust and fumes all over the town, affecting anyone with asthma or breathing problems. Even those who don’t have breathing problems now will have them after a few years of the coal trains going through. Like the oil trains, there are more than 100 coal cars on those trains.
Both types of trains come through Steilacoom on a regular basis. It’s hard to see a freight train that doesn’t have at least some oil or coal cars.
It is common knowledge that these oil tankers are not anywhere near up to current safety standards. What is next? Will we, God forbid, have a major incident in Steilacoom where many could be killed, houses burned, people evacuated and the Sound being polluted for years to come?
What will we choose? A moratorium on the trains or just sit and wait for us to be the next West Virginia?