Expanded oil trains raise safety questions

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Expanded oil trains raise safety questions

KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Eliis

FERNDALE, Wash. – Communities throughout  U.S are facing the real possibility of a fuel train crash like the one that killed 47 people in Quebec, including Whatcom County.

BP’s Cherry Point refinery is building a huge rail loop south of Grandview Road and Phillips 66’s Ferndale refinery plans to start building its own crude oil rail terminal.

Those trains will travel to the refineries through Bellingham and Ferndale.

Oil train traffic has already grown roughly forty-fold since 2009.

The trains now pass regularly through rural communities far from any hazmat team and with scarce resources to handle a spill.

Railroads say they deliver 99.99 percent of hazardous materials safely.