Opponents of a proposal to ship crude oil from Grays Harbor are planning a daylong observance in Aberdeen as a memorial to the 47 people killed in July 2013 when a 74-car train loaded with Bakken crude oil tankers derailed and exploded at Lac-Megantic, Quebec.
Speakers, musicians and tribal dancers will take part in the event from noon-7 p.m. Sunday at Zelasko Park along the Wishkah River. The event is billed as “Honoring Lac-Megantic, Honoring Tribes, Honoring Our Earth.”
The celebration also commemorates treaty days of the Quinault, who celebrate their 1855 treaty the first week in July.
“We stand with Lac-Megantic and honor the devastation they went through … and the lesson we learned at too high a price, that Bakken crude trains are exploding bombs traveling through our towns,” organizers said.
The sponsors are Quinault Tribe Citizens for a Clean Harbor.
The two groups led opposition to the possible local storage and transportation of crude-by-rail, which is being pursued by three companies at the Port of Grays Harbor.
A memorial wall, treaty display and information on the projects and opposition to them will be part of the event. Tribal dancers and singers will perform.