Following the decision on Monday that the Grays Harbor County Commissioners would not be sending a joint letter to the Department of Ecology regarding the Environmental Impact Statement for local crude by rail, Commissioner Wes Cormier has sent a letter on his own.
Cormier spoke at Monday’s meeting saying that the commissioners should not jointly weigh in on larger issues, announcing that he would be writing his own.
In the letter, released to KXRO, Cormier says, “…I am deeply concerned about the recent train derailments within a ten (10) mile stretch of rail line; this is unacceptable. I request that any railroad company that operates rail lines through Grays Harbor consider the health, safety and welfare of this community as a first priority. With increased rail traffic in our county it is also important to look at the economic impact to existing businesses and to residential areas that are cut by rail traffic.
I strongly urge for transparency and communication throughout this process.”
The letter, dated May 20, was addressed to the Department of Ecology as well as Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and Representatives Derek Kilmer and Jamie Herrera-Beutler.
3 trains on Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad lines through Grays Harbor derailed within 17 days over the last month. The Federal Railroad Administration has been in the county investigating along with Genesee and Wyoming.