HOOD RIVER — A public forum will address Oil Train Rail Traffic in the Columbia Gorge on Monday, June 16, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Riverside Church, Fourth and State, Hood River.
Speakers will include Hood River Mayor Arthur Babitz, Loren Goldberg, staff attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper and Peter Cornelison, field representative with Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Hood River.
There are currently three oil unit trains (single commodity trains) travelling through the gorge daily, if all the new proposed oil terminals are built on the West Coast this would increase to 14 oil trains a day in the gorge. These are the trains, carrying oil from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota, that have been causing explosions and accidents throughout North America, including the one last summer that claimed 47 lives.
The meeting is being sponsored by Friends of the Columbia Gorge and the newly formed Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network or CG CAN which is comprised of citizens from all over the gorge who are taking an active role in reducing global warming.
Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network meetings take place on the third Monday of each month at Riverside Church from 6:30 to 8 p.m.