SPOKANE, Wash. -- The debate over whether or not oil and coal trains should move through Spokane is far from over but on Thursday Spokane leaders met with executives from the state's rail carriers.
So far city ordinances to fine railroad companies that transport coal or oil through Spokane have failed. Railroad executives wanted to let city and business officials know they are working on infrastructure improvements and rail safety initiatives. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was among the local representation.
"Part of my take about what we're doing here is to discuss with the citizens what we are doing at the first responder level to deal with anything that may happen," said Knezovich.
The sheriff also argues there is so much more than oil and coal that moves to and through Spokane on train, everything from agricultural and farm products to aerospace parts and energy resources.