Mosier Oil Train Disaster Anniversary Community Gathering

Mosier Oil Train Disaster Anniversary Community Gathering
Mosier community members, determined to keep their town safe. (photographer: Robin Dickenson)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

12:00 p.m.
Mosier Community School
1204 Historic Columbia River Highway (US-30 E)
Mosier, OR 97040
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Please join us in Mosier, OR on June 3 to mark the one-year anniversary of the oil train derailment and fire there. We will gather to make a statement against additional oil trains coming through the Columbia River Gorge.

Friends' Conservation Organizer Ryan Rittenhouse will emcee the gathering. Several members of the Mosier City Council are scheduled to speak, as well as Chairman Jode Goudy of the Yakama Nation Tribal Council, elected officials, faith leaders and health-group representatives.
 
We will proceed to the Columbia River from the school, an eight-minute walk, for more commemorations. Friends' Land Trust Manager Kate McBride will also lead a hike to our nearby Mosier Plateau land trust for all who wish to participate.
 
Please pack a lunch, as Mosier is a small town with limited dining options.
 

Background

On June 3, 2016, the tiny Gorge town of Mosier made regional and national news of the most unfortunate kind. Firefighters battled for 14 hours to contain a dangerous fire from a derailed Union Pacific train carrying highly flammable Bakken crude oil.

One year later, oil and railroad companies are seeking to expand oil train traffic despite opposition from Columbia River Tribes, the town of Mosier, and larger cities like Portland, Vancouver, and Spokane. In coming months, Washington Governor Jay Inslee will make a final decision about whether to deny the Tesoro Savage oil train terminal in Vancouver, which would bring up to five additional loaded oil trains each day through the Columbia River Gorge.

Please email Ryan@GorgeFriends.org if you have any questions or concerns.

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