SJIGRANGE #966 Resolution on Crop Access to Transportation

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Washington State, San Juan Island Grange #966, Friday Harbor

SAN JUAN ISLAND GRANGE #966 RESOLUTION CONCERNING AGRICULTURAL CROP ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY ISSUES IN REGARD TO THE TRANSPORT OF CRUDE OIL BY RAIL

EDS: 2005 filer   DD/ Thursday, August 4, 2005 Page A3 Edmonton - August 3/2005 - AZ freight train derailed near wabamun around 5 am.  CN spokesman Jim Feeny said 43 cars derailed, 26 were tanker cars carrying bunker C fuel with some cars leaking, another had lubricating oil, another had Toluene , 2 pulp cars ,and 13 grain cars. No one was injuried, the engines stayed on track.  Absorbant booms were put out on the lake to try to controll the spilled oil but the winds were making that difficult said Seba beach fireman John Krysa. The slick was 2 miles long already. Credit photo (Bruce Edwards/Edmonton Journal)

WHEREAS, Washington State’s communities along rail corridors, including farms and farm families, suffer economic and environmental impacts as a result of rail accidents; and

WHEREAS, the transport of crude oil by rail has led to an increase in rail accidents, including derailments, explosions, fire, loss of life; and damage to property, including farmland and crops; placing an undue burden of risk on the people and properties along the rail corridor; and

WHEREAS, the transport of crude oil by rail has caused a significant increase in rail congestion impacts to vehicle traffic and the flow of citizens, commerce, and emergency vehicles on roadways; and

WHEREAS, Washington State farmers depend on rail transportation for delivering crops to market; and

WHEREAS, rail transport of crude oil in Washington State has adversely impacted the rail transport of Washington State’s agricultural products;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Juan Island Grange #966 oppose the transport of crude oil by rail until it is satisfied that all safety concerns for farm families and communities along rail corridors have been addressed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Juan Island Grange #966 oppose the transport of crude oil by rail until it is satisfied that all adverse impacts to the rail transport of farm crops have been addressed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Juan Island Grange #966 support the recommendation that the Federal Railroad Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration require a minimum amount of demonstrated financial resources to pay for response, cleanup, remediation, natural damage assessment, and restoration costs, based on the reasonable worst-case spill volume of a train carrying oil as cargo; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this resolution be forwarded to the next session of the Washington State Grange together with a recommendation for favorable action therein.

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