A proposed ordinance by the Spokane City Council would make rail transport of oil and coal illegal within the city. The measure prompted a response from the group Keep Washington Competitive, who warned that the Spokane City Council’s proposal would severely hurt local jobs. An excerpt:
“Rail is the lifeblood for our members, who depend on rail lines to get their commodities to market. This proposal sends the wrong message to private companies about our state, and potentially compromises the service for shipping key agricultural products from eastern Washington and beyond. With so much of our trade portfolio weighted toward ag, we can’t afford to jeopardize our rail shipments. Unfortunately, this ordinance could.”
Read the full statement at Keep Washington Competitive.