LETTERS: Civic leaders impact rail line

Letter-writers say the issue of trains on the Semiahmoo Peninsula is a civic issue.

Editor:

I’ve just spent a couple hours looking at municipal council candidates’ websites in an attempt to determine who, among them, might have taken a strong stance in favour of moving those noisy, stinking, dangerous, environmentally hazardous trains from the Semiahmoo Peninsula waterfront.

To my surprise, I can find no candidates who have taken any stand on this matter. Readers will note that White Rock candidates have prominently featured this issue in their platforms.

This issue, at least as far as I am concerned, should be of primary importance in the forthcoming election. I would encourage all candidates to emphasize their positions on this matter.

Paul Griffin, Surrey

• • •

Moderator Gary Hollick, at the White Rock all-candidates meeting, dismissed questions about the BNSF as “falling under federal jurisdiction” (Frustrations air at W.R. debate, Nov. 4).

We are the people who live along the rail line, not Ottawa or Warren Buffett. We are the ones who will be impacted by a derailment, spill or explosion. Does our city council know the contents of the increasing number of trains through White Rock? The increase alone is a problem, but the contents are a critical issue. Is the bridge on Semiahmoo First Nation land fixed?

We, not some federally designated person, need to know the possible dangers and how close and prepared first responders are.

How are people alerted if toxic gases are dispersed in the middle of the night? Who responds to an explosion or fire in the first few minutes? Who contains and cleans up a spill into the bay? Do we know there’s the ability for rapidly warning and removing persons at risk? Has there been training and is there ready access to combating, containment and detox equipment?

What could council do to negotiate transport of toxic materials through a less-populated and environmentally significant route, keeping the few passenger trains?

Susan Lindenberger, White Rock

 

 

Just Posted

Lost a ring? This White Rock man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

PHOTOS: Family Day celebrated at Historic Stewart Farm

Youngsters participate in some old fashioned fun

Clayton’s little neighbourhood libraries are open for business

’Take a book, leave a book’ initiative aims to bring Clayton residents closer together

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

VIDEO: Winterhawks end Giants winning streak at seven

Playing on home ice, Vancouver’s G-Men fell 5-3 during a Family Day game against Portland.

Aaron Pritchett and George Canyon to headline Gone Country concert in Cloverdale this summer

‘Early bird tickets on sale via Twins Cancer Fundraising website

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

UPDATE: Plane flips over at Pitt Meadows airport

The pilot and lone occupant exited the aircraft on his own and uninjured.

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Most Read

l -->