Protests and public hearings follow latest Columbia River oil proposal
Richard Walker • June 15, 2017
Spring chinook were journeying up the Columbia River, returning to their natal streams to spawn. Lamprey were returning too, as Native leaders, elected officials and environmental warriors gathered at Mosier on June 3 to protest against crude-oil rail shipments along the great river The People know as Nch’i-Wana.
On that day a year ago, a Union Pacific train carrying highly flammable crude oil derailed in Mosier. Firefighters battled for 14 hours to contain the fire. Residents and students at a nearby school were evacuated. An oil sheen spread on the river. The community of Mosier lost sewer and water service for days because of contamination. One year later, Mosier’s groundwater is still contaminated.
As people gathered here a year later, another battle against time was being fought on Nch’i-Wana, One hundred miles northwest in Goble, Oregon. The U.S. Coast Guard and two Oregon state agencies were working to contain and remove contamination from some 28 derelict vessels at a site that had been leased from the state for restoration of the River Queen, a former passenger ferry and tourist attraction.
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