February’s derailment and explosion of an oil train in West Virginia only added to the growing concerns about the safety of oil trains rolling through Washington state.

In this edition of Northwest Now, host Tom Layson takes a closer look at the safety of oil trains in our region. Find out what’s being done to ensure that an accident like the one that happened in West Virginia doesn’t happen here, also we’ll talk about the possibility of more oil moving through the Northwest and what it could mean for our environment.

“It’s terrifying sometimes, especially when they stop, or when they’re going too fast, they can possibly derail,” said Day Island resident Tim Stratton, who, along with his wife, bought a home along the island’s railroad tracks back in 1992. “At the same time, when  you go to bed at night, you’ve got one sitting in the back of your house, and you wonder if you’re getting up the next morning.”

Northwest Now is a weekly public affairs program that you can watch Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC.  To watch KBTC on TV, please take a look at the list below to find your station.  You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show by going to our website.  http://www.kbtc.org/page.php?id=369

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KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle) KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels


Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3

Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28

Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worldview)


Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)

DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)