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Singing the blues (actually folk music) about oil trains in Northwest

Trains puffing across the U.S. filled with fossil fuels make Dana Lyons want to sing. But the song isn't a happy one.

Lyons, an alternative folk singer-songwriter, partnered with Matt Krogh of ForestEthics and 350PDX for their Northwest Crude Awakening Tour, a concert and presentation on the dangers of oil train transportation. The Portland event is Friday, June 13 at 6 p.m. at the 18th Avenue Peace House, 2116 N.E. 18th Ave.

The event seeks to educate and entertain the public on oil transported by train, a growing industry that resulted in 47 deaths last year due to crude oil explosions in North Dakota, Alabama and Quebec.

Four terminals to handle crude oil currently operate in Washington and Oregon, with six more in various stages of development.

The event is co-sponsored by Columbia Riverkeeper, Greenpeace USA-Western Division and Friends of the Columbia Gorge.