LETTERS: Coal trains, climate change – mixed messages being sent

Editor:

Re: Number of coal trains excessive, July 26 letters

I completely agree with Mr. Stanley regarding the excessive number of coal trains. They are intolerable. My question is why? When American ports refuse to handle the filthy coal, why do we Canadians send it overseas to be burnt up into our shared atmosphere?

When all we hear from politicians is climate change and carbon tax, I think we deserve an explanation.

D. Ferguson, White Rock

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I whole heartedly agree with Mr. Stanley that there are too many BNSF trains passing through White Rock. We moved here only four years ago, close to the water, not realizing the impact those heavy trains would have on shaking our foundation, leaving coal dust along our neighbourhood windows, and blasting us out of bed with such frequency.

Although we are hopeful the horn blasting will subside with the installation and employment of the crossing arms, the risks of these trains to our environment and health remains.

I too wonder how this city came to make this decision. I watch those heavy coal trains go by my window feeling like we are doing nothing about the safety of our environment and people within our lovely community. I would be glad to hear the research, history and political rational on this subject.

Perhaps there are past ‘advocacy group’ members who still have the fire in them to enlighten us and/or bring this issue to the front again?

I don’t want to move again either so count me in, Mr. Stanley.

A. Pauw, White Rock

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