On Sunday, July 6, in Aberdeen, opponents of a proposal to ship crude oil from Grays Harbor are planning a day-long observance in Aberdeen as a memorial to the 47 people who were killed when a 74-car train loaded with Bakken crude oil tankers derailed and exploded at Lac-Megantic in Quebec.
Speakers, musicians and tribal dancers will take part in the event, which is from noon to 7 p.m. at Zelasko Park along the Wishkah River. The event is billed as “Honoring Lac-Megantic, Honoring Tribes, Honoring Our Earth.”
The celebration also commemorates treaty days of the Quinault, who celebrate their 1855 treaty the first week in July.
“… We stand with Lac-Megantic and honor the devastation they went through … and the lesson we learned at too high a price, that Bakken Crude trains are exploding bombs traveling through our towns,” organizers said. The sponsors are Quinault Tribe Citizens for a Clean Harbor.
The two groups led local opposition to the possible storage and transportation of crude-by-rail here, which is being pursued by three companies at the Port of Grays Harbor.
A memorial wall, treaty display and information on the projects and opposition to them will be part of the event. Tribal dancers and singers will perform.
The program is:
1:30 p.m. Speakers regarding the impact of the oil trains;
2:30 p.m. Memorial of Lac-Megantic; and
3:30 p.m. Tribal dancers and singers.
For details and to RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/honoring-lac-megantic-honoring-tribes-h...