Northwest UU Justice Network

Ask Army Corps of Engineers to Require a Clean Water Act Permit for Proposed Rail Bridge

BNSF AT IT AGAIN - Putting Our Water At Risk

A new railroad bridge proposed to cross Idaho’s largest lake could open the rails to dramatic increases of coal and oil trains, the consequences of which would reverberate up and down the rail line.

Sound familiar? This is similar to Union Pacific’s recent attempt to build a second rail line through Mosier, Oregon to increase oil and coal trains through the Columbia River Gorge.

Now, BNSF aims to double their rail capacity by building a second bridge over Lake Pend Oreille in Northern Idaho. It’s BNSF’s goal to add a new rail bridge to facilitate coal and oil trains with as little involvement from you as possible Don’t let that happen. Act now to ensure that critical opportunities for public comments are not ignored!

Constructing a bridge across federally protected waters will require a 404 Clean Water Act permit. These permits come in two flavors: general and individual. If the Army Corps only requires a general permit for BNSF’s new rail line, an Environmental Impact Statement would not be required and the public could be cut out of critical comment period.

The risks of constructing this bridge – more oil and coal trains through our communities – are simply too significant to allow the Army Corps and BNSF to cut out the public from the decision-making process.

Please act today! Ask the US Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that your voice is part of this important decision.

Thank you for protecting our communities and our climate.

Rein Attemann, Field Manager and Joelle Robinson, Field Director




Attemann, R. (2017). Ask Army Corps of Engineers to Require a Clean Water Act Permit for Proposed Rail Bridge. Retrieved from

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Gary Piazzon wrote: 06-20-2017 17:40:09

To help appreciate how wrong this is I recommend watching "From the Ashes" Sunday at 7PM on the national Geographic channel. “The film explores the reality of coal’s role in climate change while offering insight into solutions that could help revive the struggling economies of dying mining towns and still safeguard the environment.” View the trailer: