Seattle City Council member, state House candidate block railroad tracks in oil train protest

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SEATTLE — Protestors, including a Seattle City Council member and a candidate for the State House of Representatives, blocked railroad tracks through the city Thursday.

The protestors held signs reading ‘no oil trains’ and ‘stop oil trains.’

City Council member Kshama Sawant and candidate for the state house Jess Spear were both seen sitting on the tracks with the other protestors.

Seattle Police first warned the protestors, then took three of them into custody.  Two men and Spear were detained.

Protestors are concerned about the growing number of trains carrying oil through densely populated parts of Western Washington.

The trains have been a lightning rod for criticism from those who say they are both dangerous and part of an industry that is harmful to the environment.

The small crowd was blocking the tracks near the Olympic Sculpture Park along the Seattle waterfront.

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  • rich

    these clowns need to wake up a lot of things they use is made from fossil fuel like a lot of plastic they use from the glasses they wear to food containers. Just my thought

  • Art

    Who cares if they get arrested they will be out tonight. If any normal working stiff did it bail would be high and tough to come up with at least for me. Sawant and that bunch will have no worries. Just doing it for publicity.

  • The World is Ending

    I agree we need a world wide ban on the use of fossil fuels for any and all reasons effective immediately, just thing no more war, hunger, poverty, the world would be a totally clean utopia…. Yea right lol. I would also like to know how they got there? So are they all going to walk everywhere they go for the rest of their life? I see signs on wood sticks, it took the use of fossil fuel to make them and the cloths they have on as well.

  • jazzy

    I like Sawant, but what is the point of this? Feds control the tracks. Stick to things we can change, like rent control and affordable housing.

  • buzz

    stupid liberals, so uneducated , so pathetic. Nobody has ever died from a oil train derailment have they? Ethanol? Yet over the years more people have been injhured or killed from trains carrying cargo such as sulfuric acid and other materials more hazardous. Our country need to become less dependendant on foreign oil you liberal morons! Grow up and educate yourselves on exactly what goes on these trains. As a former first responder I can tell you oil is the least of my worries you stupid morons