Video: West Seattle boys sing at ‘exploding oil trains’ rally

February 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people, West Seattle politics | 8 Comments

Adonis and Aji from RainDagger Productions on Vimeo.

That’s video of brothers Adonis and Aji Piper, 9- and 13-year-old Pathfinder K-8 students, singing and playing a protest song they composed. They spent the final weekday of the week-long midwinter school break by participating in a demonstration and Seattle City Council committee meeting regarding a resolution urging increased scrutiny for a proposal to send more oil-carrying trains through the city. (Read about the resolution here.) Environmental advocates say the scrutiny is vital because trains are carrying more-volatile types of oil now, with literally explosive risks, as evidenced in several recent incidents around the continent. Joel Connelly wrote about the brothers in his coverage on; today we received a note from the boys’ family, with a link to the video you see above.


  1. Very cool. Thanks, Adonis and Aji!

    Comment by Jeanie — 9:59 pm February 22, 2014 #

  2. WOW :) Yes, Adonis and Aji this is very very cool, guys! Thank you!

    Comment by moji — 8:57 am February 23, 2014 #

  3. Very proud of you for using your creativity to take a stand for a cleaner and safer world. Thanks for spreading the word about the dangers of exporting dirty oil and coal to Asia.

    Comment by seaopgal — 11:30 am February 23, 2014 #

  4. Bravo Adonis and Aji! This is awesome…thank you for caring and getting involved.

    Comment by enviromaven — 11:42 am February 23, 2014 #

  5. New industry standard recommendations put in place in the fall of 2011 require new oil tanker cars need to have thicker puncture resistant shells and other safety improvements. 78,000 out of the 92,000 tank cars would need to be retrofitted to meet the standard. Unfortunately, this is NOT a Federal tank car regulation as this is handled by the U.S. DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

    Comment by Dale — 1:08 pm February 23, 2014 #

  6. Wall Street Journal article today notes that oil from the Bakken contains several times more combustible gases then other oil. Lets not let another Quebec happen where 47 died needlessly and a town was destroyed.

    Comment by Dale — 9:03 am February 24, 2014 #

  7. Outstanding. I fully support their efforts. It takes guts to stand up, and it takes talent and guts to go out there and sing a very good song with a great message in it.

    Comment by Scott — 1:06 pm February 25, 2014 #


    New Emergency regulations today, 2/25/14!

    Comment by Dale — 4:17 pm February 25, 2014 #

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