Petition Closed
Petitioning State Senator John Braun and 9 others

NO PIPELINE BY RAIL THROUGH RESIDENTIAL & DOWNTOWN CENTRALIA, LEWIS COUNTY!

NO CRUDE OIL TRAINS THROUGH CENTRALIA & LEWIS COUNTY!

We OPPOSE new efforts by out of state interests to transport up to

5,250 crude oil tanker cars per week (750/day) through the heart of both Downtown and Residential Centralia and Lewis County

to enormous new crude oil terminals along Grays Harbor!

Letter to
State Senator John Braun
City of Hoquiam Administrator Brian Shay
Southwest Regional Office Washington State Department of Ecology Diane Butorac
and 7 others
Regional Director-Southwest Regional Office Washington State Department of Ecology Sally Toteff
State Senator Brian Hatfield
State Representative Richard DeBolt
State Representative Ed Orcutt
State Representative Dean Takko
State Representative Brian Blake
Washington Governor
NO CRUDE OIL PIPELINE BY RAIL THROUGH CENTRALIA & LEWIS COUNTY!

We OPPOSE new efforts by out of state interests to transport up to
5,250 crude oil tanker railcars per week through the heart of both Downtown and Residential Centralia and Lewis County
to enormous new crude oil terminals along Grays Harbor!

• Crude oil trains would substantially increase the amount of time traffic through Centralia is completely stopped due to train movement or lack of movement (up to or exceeding 12 hours per day). Crude oil tanker trains are louder than other trains. Horn blasts will occur at all grade crossings day and night.

• Response time for Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Response services will increase exponentially due to tracks being blocked by these 1.5 mile long crude oil tankers.

• We already know these tanker trains will leak oil, emit fumes and unhealthy particulates. We also know prolonged exposure to crude oil fumes, droplets or skin contact causes birth defects; contains known carcinogens in significant amounts such as benzene (which causes leukemia); and may cause other short and long term health effects such as chemical pneumonia, headaches, irritation to the nose, throat and lungs.

• Crude oil spills by train are 2.7 times more likely to occur than those by pipeline. Rail accidents occur 34 times more frequently than pipeline accidents for every ton of crude shipped comparable distances. The crude oil trains proposed will be up to 1.5 miles/125 cars long, and as a result harder to control, increasing the risk of something going wrong. Our area’s aging rail and bridge infrastructure, much of it built on often saturated flood plains, has not been sufficiently assessed for suitability to this additional rail traffic, with each tanker car weighing up to 143 tons.

• This crude oil is classified as more highly flammable than gasoline by the NFPA, placing Centralia residents along the line at risk for both fire and explosion (Note neighboring Montesano has had two train derailments in recent years.).

• A single crude oil spill could severely damage drinking water, groundwater and marine resources, as well as hunting, fishing, agricultural, commercial and recreational resources in Centralia and Lewis County.

• A number of Northwest oil refineries already accept crude oil shipments making the proposed terminals both redundant and unnecessary. For this reason, it is thought terminals are actually being built to supply lucrative markets in China and Asia.

As a pass-through community, crude oil shipments will diminish our property values, hurt our children, families, seniors, farms and businesses!
In short, Centralia and Lewis County would see all of the negative consequences and expenses, but none of the benefits.