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View Diary: Sunday Train: Putting Steel into the Amtrak Long Distance Backbone (87 comments)

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  •  Because they could, and are trying to. (0+ / 0-)

    They're not going to put in a new rail system for the coal! They're pressing every major city in the PNW to allow shipment of coal from Montana and Wyoming to China. And if the cities are not buying it - and they are not so far - they will settle for putting in new lines in British Columbia through some of our last old-growth timber, unless the First Nations people there can fend them off.

    I live about a half-block from the BNSF's main north-south line that runs from Vancouver BC to Los Angeles, and can't imagine what 24/7 coal shipments would do not only here (and that includes the line's tunnel under downtown Seattle), but to the shoreline fisheries, and the 1930s era bridges and rail lines, which as it is are often closed by landslides and washouts during the winter months.

    "Money doesn't talk, it screams," as the poet says.

    •  Buffett very Clever (0+ / 0-)

      BNSF says the coal is coming whether it is shipped out in Canada or at Cherry Point.  If that is accepted as factual then the train impacts are existing and public funds must be used to deal with the problems.  We are disputing that since the cost of the impacts should be borne by BNSF.

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