Look out for toxic tar-sands shipments
Rumor has it that toxic, highly flammable tar-sands crude oil may be traveling along the Amtrak line through Milwaukie, Oregon City and Canby.
Confirming this is difficult, because in Oregon freight-train schedules, routes, cargoes and destinations are not made available. This much we do know: Rail cars carrying crude oil display a 1267 label. And many carrying tar-sands crude oil also bear the warning, "Toxic Inhalation Hazard." How serious is that..? A quick web search shows one of the many tar-sands toxins, hydrogen sulfide, is said to be "very poisonous," causing "death within moments."
The photos would be used to raise public awareness about the potential danger.
Michael Hall is a Milwaukie resident.