June 6, 2016 – Mosier schools were automatically evacuated as black plume of smoke filled the whole area of Mosier, Oregon when a unit train which was carrying crude oil derailed from its original trail – the Union Pacific rail line.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has been used as a fossil fuel corridor for quite some time. This tragedy brought tremendous horror to the community resulting to their call to the government of Oregon and Washington to finally put an end to this activity. Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper believed that it is about time for these states to push the prohibition on the use of water and land for the export of fossil fuel.
It can be remembered that many agencies, communities, councils and organizations have opposed this however; their call has been left unheard. These groups believed that risks in health and water may increase as these companies continue to operate. They were asking the President to support this ban given that another train terminal has been stationed to be accomplished.
Currently, even with the resolution at hand, Union Pacific has moved the derailed and totally damaged cars as they continue making another trail on the other side.