NECN Board calls for moratorium on oil trains


June 17, 2014 — The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) Board of Directors voted unanimously tonight to call for a “statewide moratorium on oil train transport” in Oregon.

photo: Paul K. Andrson, via Columbia River Keeper

In a letter to Governor Kitzhaber and Senators Wyden and Merkley, the Board expressed “the deep concern of NECN about the threat to life, safety and the environment due to accidents, potential spills and explosions posed by oil trains.” Trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota frequently pass through Northeast Portland via the Columbia River Gorge.

NECN’s Safety and Livability Team (SALT) originated the organization’s discussion of oil trains last month, and then drafted the letter that was adopted this evening by NECN’s Board. In the letter, “NECN calls on municipalities, agencies and officials to deny all support and permits for new/expanded facilities that will result in an increase in the transportation of crude oil through Portland.”

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is a collective voice for 12 neighborhoods in Inner North and Northeast Portland. It’s Board is made up of representatives from each neighborhood association, along with at-large members who live or work in NECN’s neighborhoods.

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