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TomCat S (127)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 3:57 pm
It saddens me to report that there was an oil spill and fire in a train carrying super-volatile Bakken Crude adjacent to the Columbia River, and that it is now in the river itself. Officials say it has been contained, but what they call contained never means eliminated, so it will be in the river, poisoning the ecosystem for decades.

Joanne D (37)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 4:16 pm
The good news, of course, is that no one was hurt or injured up front. I live so close to a train line that carries this - stuff - that if one ever exploded near me I would likely be toast. The explosion would suck my lungs right out. Now, I do realize no immediate deaths or injuries doesn't mean there won't be injuries, possibly deaths, from the toxins down the road. I am so sorry. Oregon doesn't deserve this.

JL A (281)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 4:24 pm
So sad--that was my route after our visit in Dec.

Mandi T (366)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 4:33 pm
I hate reading this kind of thing. Very distressing. TY TC

Pat B (356)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 4:38 pm
So very sorry to read this. Very sad, indeed.

Thanks, Tom.

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 4:51 pm
Very sad

Walter F (129)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 4:57 pm
Bad news.We can only hope that it can be eventually eliminated.

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 5:44 pm
:-( Sadly noted

Vivian B (169)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 6:37 pm
Ugh! MORE oil spills!!! LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND!

David C (81)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 6:44 pm

Animae C (507)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 6:56 pm

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 7:36 pm
Quite a shame!

Edith B (146)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 8:15 pm

It is fortunate that no one was killed or injured, but the damage will continue for a very long time.


Katie & Bill D (107)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 9:47 pm
How awful once again.
Thank you TomCat

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 1:53 am
No immediate injuries, but as JD says "…doesn't mean there won't be injuries, possibly deaths, from the toxins down the road.". But the danger to marine life and wildlife is yet to be seen. I suppose one good thing is that it wasn't tar sands crud!

I can hear the pipeline advocates ramping up their lines. Bullshit! Leave it all in the ground! Go renewable!

Arielle S (313)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 5:41 am
When will they ever learn....

Robert B (60)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 7:03 am
I see the push for DOUBLE hulled tanker cars still has gone nowhere. Oh wait, that right, we have a Do Nothing Congress. Paid to do nothing by Wall Street.

Beryl Ludwig (79)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 7:10 am
Makes me mad and sad at the same time. It's just awful They have to stop!

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 7:12 am
Contained....I really HATE that word. It is NEVER just 'contained'. A lot of it will SINK to the river bottom and reek havoc and mayhem on the fish, vegetation and water itself. Think GULF. It will NEVER be the same and it will NEVER be clean or pristine for the next 100-200 YEARS. The Gulf will never be 'normal' or unpolluted again. It will take a thousand years of NO human activity there just to get back to 'average' pollution. In other words.....NEVER.

I really hope they can clean it up in a hurry. Oil trains, like you said, Puddy, should be outlawed and stopped completely. There is NO SAFE OIL TRAIN TRANSPORT.

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 7:39 am
What sad news from your state you bring us today, TomCat. Fortunately no one was hurt or killed, but soon this derailment and spill lose their news value and we'll probably never hear about it again. Unless the effects are really devastatingly large, we' won't be informed what real damage to people, wildlife and environment this mishap has caused. And the next train will leave the station with a load of crude oil as soon as the damage to the tracks is repaired.

Eugene Jacobson (290)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 8:09 am
So sorry about that spill. Gawd, that stuff is dangerous. Literally hundreds of rail cars filled with North Dakota crude runs through my little suburb here, less than a mile from my place. It would take an accident of ridiculous proportions to spill here (where the tracks run is 3/4's mile from the Mississippi. Usually they spill before they get out of North Dakota and my city was the first in Minnesota to install no horn crossings, with little barriers that make it impossible to crash, so I think we're safe, but the rest of the state isn't. That stuff is headed for a Koch refinery in the south metro, those fine crooks have had many issues there and will again. NO pipelines in this state! I hope they are able to really clean your area but also doubt they ever really do. That stuff sticks around forever, above or below ground.

pam w (139)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 8:24 am
OH, NO! I'm so sorry to hear this!

Chris C (152)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 10:41 am
These types of messes are never "contained". We have natural sources of energy (wind - sun) so leave the oil in the ground!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 12:03 pm
"A light oil sheen was spotted in the Columbia River near the site of Friday's oil train derailment near the Oregon town of Mosier, raising concerns about the fiery wreck's environmental impacts
during peak spring chinook migration."

And then they're gonna blame EAGLES, Cormorants, Native Americans, ANYthing but themselves, for low Salmon runs....

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 12:11 pm
As I keep sayin', [are you bored yet?]:

To avert Climate CATASTROPHE due to Rapid Global Warming.
Leave the OIL IN THE SOIL;
This must be Environmentalists' MANTRA:


Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 12:18 pm

Construction of this mis-guided pipeline has already started in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Illinois. Will go thru Iowa also.
We know what happens next, just as in Oregon....
Sign & Circulate....

Beth M (138)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 2:43 pm
All of us will pay for this spill somewhere down the line. Deadly toxins in the water affect everyone of us on this earth.

TomCat S (127)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 3:51 pm
Thanks all. The one silver lining is that it has brought attention to Big Oil's desire to build a major refining terminal in Vancouver, WA, directly acrfoss the river from Portland. That must be stopped.

Hugs and stars to all!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 8:18 pm
Deadly toxins are the right words, Beth. I hope this mess is cleaned up. I am very sorry that this happened.
Thank you for the heads' up, Tomcat.

JL A (281)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 8:33 pm
Stand with Mosier – Call Governor Brown

Call Governor Kate Brown at (503) 378-4582, (press 3 to leave a comment), ask the Governor to: Stand with the City of Mosier; Commit to using all state authority to protect people from oil trains.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 11:26 pm
Do you smell a whiff of rat? I'm beginning to think that some of these "accidents" are well planned. I won't say more, other than, is it time for a revolution yet? Accident or manmade, the critical destruction has escalated, along with poor Mother Earth peaking herself, from long years of abuse. As it is the 1% who control governments and other places of power, laws and rules will not change until this corruption is removed. Thanks TC. Sorry this is in your neck of the woods. I send you healing thoughts and love, which is good for anything that ails you!!

Sheryl G (359)
Monday June 6, 2016, 4:45 am
Not sure how many of these must take place, not to mention the fracking disasters, the radiation releases, the lead in our pipes, it just goes on and on.

Not much will change with either a Trump or a Clinton in the White House - both hug the Corporations. They may give a good talk but they are Corporate through and through, only Bernie would've used the microphone that would be offered to him as President to explain the REAL TRUTH that is taking place.

So more lives will be lost on our soil through environmental damages and in wars of misadventures. NeoCon Robert Kagan Endorses Hillary Clinton

The Corporate media hides the truth, wouldn't promote the Truth Teller, and the Establishment in BOTH Parties placate to the 1% that keeps these disasters rolling.

Is bad enough they dig up more of this dirty fossil fuel but they truck it over rail lines not meant to carry it nor will they offer a jobs program to put people to work improving our rail system and provide the jobs so badly needed. Profits over people......profits over the environment.....profits over life sustaining water.

The Earth’s ecosystems are being raped and pillaged at an unsustainable pace that will collapse the entire system   if political destabilization from extreme inequality doesn’t do it to us first.

TomCat S (127)
Monday June 6, 2016, 10:17 am
Thanks Hurry Hugs!

Joanne D (37)
Monday June 6, 2016, 9:44 pm
350 dot org has a petition to Gov. Inslee at Since the proposed site is in Washington, this would make more sense than going to Gov Brown on the refinery, though she/her staff could well be responsive to inquiries specificalle on Mosier. 350 dot org is reputable. They may be using change dot org's platform, but it appears to be a carved-out area specific to them. I signed, though I don't live in WA.

Columbia Riverkeepers has one to both Governors opposing oil trains – a different issue though related. I signed that one too.
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