I would like to know Mr. Sam Saltoun’s credentials to so audaciously question John Peschong’s remarks as to the ability of local responders vis-àvis oil-train movements into the Phillips 66 refinery (Letters, “Out-of-touch opinion,” Sept. 5).
In as much as Mr. Peschong’s comments are based on fact, I think Saltoun is, as the negative argument has so often done on this issue, stretching his premise a bit thin as he seeks to make all this a referendum on national rail safety.
Enough of the hyperbole.
Rail accidents are not happening monthly. Only one was fatal, caused by inept rail personnel working for a thinly capitalized short-line railroad. This does not describe the Union Pacific and its impeccable safety record.