Mayor Murray issued the following statement on this morning’s crude oil train derailment:
“Earlier today I spoke with US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to share my concerns over this morning’s crude oil train derailment and the potential for a larger rail accident in our community. I wanted to make sure he understood the critical importance this rail line plays for commuters and the region’s freight network.
Even though they travel through our city, we as a city, do not have control over how the railways are used, and we must rely on the safety standards that are set at the federal level. I thanked Secretary Foxx for yesterday’s release of new oil train safety rules and I am committed to working with him to make these rules as strong as possible.
I’ve directed my departments to review these rules to ensure they protect the people, land and railways of Seattle. I urge the public to join me in providing public comment, encouraging the phasing out of train cars that are not retrofitted to meet high safety standards.
This is an important public safety issue facing Seattle and I will continue to advocate for less oil and coal coming through our city.“