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Reject Shell’s oil project

I’m disappointed to learn that the City Council backed down on the ballot measure to make shipping oil and coal through downtown Spokane a civil infraction. These trains are proven not to be safe. Now, Shell wants to add a rail spur to its refinery in Anacortes that would bring six more oil trains per week through Spokane, Seattle and other communities.

Even if the City Council won’t act, people can still do something to reduce oil traffic through the city. In November, there will be public hearings on the draft environmental impact statement for Shell’s project. Submit a comment to the Department of Ecology online, or attend the hearing in Seattle. Tell Skagit County and the Department of Ecology that the safety and health of citizens come before business interests.

Ericka Berg


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