Crude oil opposition groups plan event to honor victims from Lac-Megantic explosion

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 on Oil by Rail

2:30 p.m. Memorial of Lac-Megantic

3:30 p.m. Tribal dancers and singers

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