Sightline Daily | News & Views for a Sustainable Northwest, October 8, 2013
By Eric de Place and John Abbotts
This post is 5 in the series: The Wrong Side of the Tracks
Oil and coal companies hope to dispatch scores of trains across the Northwest each day, bearing fuel to refineries and port terminals. To help the public understand the magnitude of these schemes, Sightline is highlighting key rail crossings from Sandpoint, Idaho to Cherry Point, Washington along the main path the trains would take from the interior to the coast.
So massive are the fossil fuel industry’s plans that simple math shows that the shipments would close streets and roads for hours each day as trains pass through at-grade crossings.
In this installment we examine communities along the Columbia River from Benton County to Vancouver, Washington.