Thank you, Chief O’Sullivan, for your thoughtful and cogent article regarding oil transport safety (local viewpoint, “Retired fire chief: Don’t downplay oil train risk,” Oct. 24).
Your identification of the flash point as the more relevant metric than vapor pressure for the quantification of oil train risk is a fact that will be difficult for all public relations spinners on the oil company payroll to dispute. In addition, the aquifer contamination risk you identified is, in my opinion, much more important than the fire risk insofar as no amount of money can reverse aquifer degradation.
How can affected communities not be concerned about these obvious risks as long as those risks are anything but zero and when the conveyance of oil is not vital to all of our citizens?
Richard Davis, Atascadero