To the Quinault Nation, to the organizations in Washington State and to the communities of Anacortes, Seattle, Grays Harbor, Chehalis, Centralia, Vancouver, Spokane and others who are creating actions on July 6 with the objective of expressing solidarity with the people of Lac Megantic and affirming their desire that this type of disaster will never happen again:
The people of Lac Megantic and its environs are well aware of the dangers of transporting North Dakota crude by rail. The tragedy we have suffered is very well known.
We strongly support the solidarity actions that will take place in many states in the U.S. and in Canadian provinces to highlight the commemoration of the terrible tragedy that took place in Lac Megantic following the derailment of the MMA train 606 282.
We hope the communities that organize the resistance and the municipal councils of Vancouver, Spokane, Edmonds, Bellingham and other concerned cities will be understood and their fears be taken into consideration so that a moratorium will be imposed on such practices so the health, well-being, and security of the population and environment will be protected.
Jacques Gagnon and André Blais
Comité citoyen de la région du lac Mégantic
(Traduction by Dan Leahy)