The recent headlines from Virginia about a crude oil train derailing, catching fire and losing some of its oil into the James River has prompted me to write this letter to the editor.
The event highlights the problem with hauling crude oil by train alongside the Columbia River over to Centralia and on to Grays Harbor.
Crude oil fires, spills or leakage can cause great harm to this part of Washington because we are blessed with rivers, creeks, sloughs — water, water everywhere — all flowing to the ocean.
Railroads are good for hauling automobiles and apples. Solid objects can derail, catch fire, and not cause major harm to the environment.
It is crude oil that is the problem. We need to say “No” to crude oil in Washington.