Letters to the Editor

Anti-oil trains rally in San Luis Obispo was an eye-opener

CharleCharles Varni of the Surfrider Foundation and Arlene Burns, mayor of Mosier, Oregon, whose town was threatened by an oil train crash, speak at the San Luis Obispo County rally.
CharleCharles Varni of the Surfrider Foundation and Arlene Burns, mayor of Mosier, Oregon, whose town was threatened by an oil train crash, speak at the San Luis Obispo County rally. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

If you attended the anti-oil spur rally July 9, you were horrified by Mayor Arlene Burns’ tale of the train derailment in her town of Mosier, Oregon.

It was a chilling story of what could have been more disastrous if the wind had shifted, intensifying the molten train cars, the extraordinary amount of water used to put out the fires and the evacuation of schoolchildren and residents. It took five days for the cars to cool.

Mosier is a small town with fewer than 500 residents.

Imagine the kind of impact a derailment would have here, with our population and the track’s proximity to homes, schools and hospitals.

We must, in our collective community, come together to oppose these train cars from passing through our towns.

Please write the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission, your city councils and the Coastal Commission and let them know you stand up for our safety and not profit for big oil and their refineries.

Victoria Grostick, San Luis Obispo

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