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By Peter Frothingham
Odell, Ore. 

Stop the coal trains

Letter from the community

 


To the Editor:

There is a present and future danger in the Columbia Gorge which all of your readers should consider. There are already coal and oil trains passing through the Columbia Gorge, almost all on the Washington side of the river. Coal travels in open cars, and according to some reports about a pound of coal dust per mile is lost from those trains. Besides getting into the river and causing pollution, that coal dust settles in the ballast supporting the tracks, makes it slick and causing it to shift—increasing the likelihood of derailments.* Proposals now being considered would increase coal train traffic by 20 trains per day, greatly increasing the amount of coal dust getting i...



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