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Quinault Raise Alarm Yet Again After Two Oil Trains Derail in One Weekend

 Oil train derailments such as this one from November 7, 2015, in Wisconsin are an all too common sight, the Quinault Nation says. Photo: Indian Country Today

Oil train derailments such as this one from November 7, 2015, in Wisconsin are an all too common sight, the Quinault Nation says. Photo: Indian Country Today

by Indian Country Today, Nov 12, 2015

Two more derailments of oil-bearing trains last weekend, these two in Wisconsin, have prompted the Quinault Nation to issue yet another warning about the dangers inherent in such transport.

“The frequency of these train crashes combined with the danger they pose to people and to the environment that sustains us should alarm everyone, everywhere, to the point that they take a stand against increased oil train traffic,” said Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp in a statement on Tuesday November 10. Read the rest of this entry

Situation ‘Dire’: Low Coho Salmon Returns Close Quinault Fisheries

Coho salmonby Indian Country Today, Oct 29, 2015

Low returns of wild coho salmon are prompting the Quinault Indian Nation to close all its fisheries in Grays Harbor and Queets River and to declare an economic disaster because of the resulting hardship on fishermen and their families.

The tribe attributed the low returns to the so-called Godzilla El Niño that is under way in the Pacific, exacerbated by a “blob of warm water off the coast,” the Quinault said in a statement describing what it called a dire situation. Read the rest of this entry