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Our shared mission is to better understand the potential safety and economic impacts from coal and oil trains, and to speak with a unified voice.

King County Executive Dow Constantine
  Coal Trains 

The Safe Energy Leadership Alliance (SELA) is a coalition of local, state, and tribal leaders from across the Northwest and British Columbia working together to raise awareness for the safety risks of oil and coal transportation.

SELA represents a broad range of urban and rural areas with different interests but a shared missionto protect the health and safety of our communities. SELA and its efforts are led by King County Executive Dow Constantine.


Train derailed.

In the two years since Executive Constantine hosted the first Alliance meeting, SELA has been delivering results. 

Both Washington and Oregon passed in 2015 new laws introduced by SELA members to protect communities from the increasing risk of oil-train explosions and spills.

In British Columbia, elected leaders unanimously passed multiple resolutions calling on provincial and federal governments to expand the scope of the risk assessment and response planning for oil transport by railto include all of the impacts and consequences it would have on local communities. 

Upcoming events and meetings

  • The next SELA meeting will be held on Monday, November 14th, 2016 in Vancouver, Washington at the Water Resource Education Center (located at 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA) from 1:00p-3:30p.

Get involved

We invite leaders from around the region to join us. Together, we will ensure that our local Northwest communities can continue to grow in a manner that keeps us all healthy, keeps our neighborhoods livable, enhances our existing jobs base, and protects our tribal and local economies and way of life.

For more information, email or call 206-263-8287.


King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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