by Pam Shelton
As I wait to hear that the President has vetoed the XL Pipeline, which has passed both the house and senate, I watch the news of the huge train derailment in West Virginia. The train with 107 tankers, carrying 3 million gallons of crude oil, jumped the tracks three days ago. It shot fireballs into the sky and has leaked unknown amounts of oil into the Kiawah River tributary. This is the kind of pollution that is causing the climate change. The XL Pipeline would leave a wake of destruction in its path, that being the clear-cut of hundreds if not thousands of trees, destroying homes, valuable land, and many small towns. Once the destruction is completed and the pipeline is in use, it would travel northward on trains passing right through nature’s beautiful Columbia Gorge, and yes, with the same danger that West Virginia is experiencing. We have held many rallies’, written congress, written the President, all in hopes that the XL Pipeline will be vetoed.
One thing I would request we do is to attend the next H.O.P.E. (Healing Our Precious Earth) interfaith meeting. Their first meeting had 44 attendees; I would love to see us double that. The meeting will be held at St. Luke Church on Wednesday, March 18, with a potluck from 5:30 to 6:00, meeting 6:00 to 7:30.