If crude by rail happens, the spills will come and if we have cars on the roads there will be accidents. Do we even suggest outlawing cars? Nope. Why? Wouldn’t make sense, that’s why. This is a response to Fawn Sharps opinion on oil by rail.
So Ms Sharp has the opinion that the oil by rail proposal is not good for Grays Harbor. Well, I guess I don’t have a problem with her opinion, she’s entitled to that, I do have problem with her facts. She stated that, “In 2012, major U.S. railroads transported at least 20 times as many car loads of crude oil as they did in 2008—more than a 2,000 percent increase in four years. The number of accidents has risen proportionately.”
The facts actually point to a decrease in spills and a better safety record in the last 10 years. Here are the facts along with their source The Association of American Railroads, https://www.aar.org/ unfettered by emotion or biased opinion.
• “ In 2012, railroads moved more crude oil than ever before due to a sharp increase is U.S. crude oil production. Railroads have a strong safety record for moving hazardous materials, including crude oil, with 99.9977 percent of all rail hazmat shipments reaching their destination without a release caused by a train accident. In fact, railroads spill less of the hazardous liquid product they move than do other modes of transportation, including trucks and pipelines. Over the past decade, total railroad crude-oil spills equal less than one percent of the total pipelines spills during that period.”
• Hazmat shipments equal roughly 6% of all U.S. rail traffic (2010).
• Train accidents with a hazmat release have declined 26 percent since 2000, and 78 percent since 1980 (through 2012), while hazmat train accident rates have declined 38 percent since 2000, and 91 percent since 1980 (through 2010).
Please don’t take my word for it, go there and get the facts for yourself. Fawn Sharp is the President of a Great Indian Nation. She, of all people, should know that while facts may change opinions, opinions will never change the facts.