Guest commentary: Coal, oil trains offer more threat than benefit to region

The Pacific Northwest faces a growing surge of crude oil trains and barges, coupled with proposals for massive coal export terminals that will snarl traffic, delay freight and threaten the health of our communities. Recent action by Congress to lift a long-standing ban on oil exports is likely to accelerate the increase in oil train and barge traffic and the risk of devastating spills, fires and explosions.

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