The discussion on crude by rail continued last night at the Aberdeen City Council Meeting.
With a public comment period at the end of the meeting that lasted nearly an hour with almost every speaker voicing their concerns about crude by rail many points were brought up and Aberdeen citizen Michael Dickerson said that something needs to be done.
Dickerson said, “Someone has to wake up the railroad that we are concerned. I can’t do it. The people here can’t do it. Only this council can do it, and I believe it’s your moral responsibility to try and solve this problem any way that you can solve it.
And I realize that it could be expensive, but I would much rather spend $10,000 in lawsuits than I would to spend the money burying people and rebuilding Downtown Aberdeen, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen, perhaps.”
Multiple council members also spoke saying they were opposed to crude by rail including Council President Pete Schave.
“I’m for the public safety first, and the first thing that I want to see before any more consideration is given to such an idea as rail in here is the removal of the Broadway storage yard, and the correct rail cars if anything is brought in and out of here. “
Schave added “At this point in time, I want it known that I am totally opposed to oil by rail in here. Until at least we see some solution to these problems.”
Residents have until May 27 to comment to the Department of Ecology and the City of Hoquiam on what should be studied in environmental impact statements for proposals by Westway Terminal Company and Imperium Renewables.
A third project by US Development Group is also currently in the planning stages.