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By Anita Johnston
White Salmon 

Opposite track records


Mosier was lucky it wasn’t a windy day when the oil train derailed. If railroads could fix derailments, they would have done so long ago. If volatile Bakken crude oil in the tank cars is heated from the burning leaks, it can explode. Mosier and Bingen, Lyle and White Salmon, Stevenson and Wishram, all are in the blast zone on both side of the river.

 If the oil spills into the river, fisheries will be affected, especially if fish ladders are contaminated. If tar sands oil spills into the river, there could be no effective means of cleaning it up.

 Global oil markets are awash in crude now, and oil demand will decline as cars get more efficient and electrify. The surplus of oil means that Washington refineries have many sourcing options besides dangerous Bakken crude by rail.

 State Representative Jim Moeller is running for Congressional District 3. He is against the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal that would bring many more oil trains down the Gorge. Moeller has a great track record in the state, with 93 percent lifetime rating by the Washington Conservation Voters after 14 years as a representative.

Incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler has a track record too. She has a 9 percent lifetime rating by the national League of Conservation Voters and voted for lifting the ban on crude oil exports, ensuring more bomb trains traveling through the gorge. 


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