Statement from the Stand Up To Oil Campaign in response to the oil train derailment and fire in Custer, WA

Stand Up to Oil Coalition — Earlier today, a train transporting crude oil derailed, spilled oil, and caught fire in Custer near Ferndale, Washington, forcing the evacuation of the surrounding community, and highlighting the real and personal impacts these dangerous trains can have on communities — big and small — throughout the Northwest.

Thankfully, no injuries have been reported, and we give special thanks to the many first responders who immediately came to the aid of those most impacted. We will continue monitoring the spill for its impact on people, critical waterways, and the surrounding environment.

We stand with our partners in Whatcom County calling on leaders to address the safety threat that oil trains pose to communities across the Pacific Northwest. Our communities and our environment can no longer allow these failures to continue.

For further statements and press inquiries, contact our local Stand Up To Oil partner organizations:

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities

Media contact:

Eddy Ury, Climate & Energy Policy Manager,, (206) 972-2001
Matt Krogh, U.S. Oil & Gas Campaigns Director,, +1 360 820 2938 (Pacific Time)
Virginia Cleaveland, Communications Manager,, +1 510 858 9902 (Pacific Time)