Chicken Little fear of oil trains

Within the past month a couple of writers have indicated how the oil trains would help the Harbor’s economy. The ones who seem opposed to the expansion of crude oil facilities at the Port seem to have a Chicken Little syndrome — “the sky is falling.”

In other words, they seem to base their decision on the worst possible scenario, regardless of how little chance there is of its happening. Let the ones who need to make the decision for the oil trains make their decision, based upon their knowledge and experience. Remember that they live here as well and do not want accidents any more than the rest of us. They know that we now have the technology and resources to limit any damage from the crude oil.

Seldom has any sort of advance in our society been without risk. The ones who are making the decisions will be attempting the make the risks as small as reasonably possible.

Jim Leggett