Wylie Weighs in on Oil Train Safety

Oil train idles at the junction of HWY 14 and I-5.

Oil train idles at the junction of HWY 14 and I-5.

As a former risk manager, I saw the evidence that the frequency of  oil train accidents and the severity was increasing at great peril to the public.  In my work prior to representing you, I worked to enhance our rail capacity.  As your legislator I supported the partnerships that set the stage for the wonderful waterfront development and the jobs and living spaces to come. As a member of the Technology, Economic and Energy Committee, I am working to keep jobs and keep our communities safe. Fighting for  thee oil safety bill- HB 2347- was an easy choice. Unfortunately the bill died in the Senate last session, but we cannot give up.  I am staying close to the process, and will work with others to urge faster action at the federal level as well.  Just because the issue is complex and not entirely under our control does not mean we cannot act effectively. We need state and federal energy policies and actions that make sense now to build the future we want.